Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who’s filling in for Olivia’s cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can’t help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?
Publishing in Pajamas – Interview
Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else’s crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test the boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.This fast-paced thrill ride of a novel is full of breakneck action, shocking twists and heart-hammering suspense that will have readers gasping until the very last page.
I was planning on making a Post-It type of review for this book before I started it. That is, I will be putting my comments on Post-Its and take pictures of them as I read the book. However, this plan was never executed and I only ended up with ONE because PROXY IS SO FREAKING INTENSE AND FAST-PACED AND AWESOME. I’ll get to that in a bit but first, here’s my one and only note~
So the whole storyworld of PROXY intrigued me and it would have been enough to glue me to the pages. Then as the story progressed, we got to know more about the Proxy system and we came to understand and sympathize with Syd. Syd’s a smart kid and has been lying low but he has been dealt with a bad set of cards, in the form of his patron Knox. Knox just might be the worst patron ever and Syd gets punished every week for all the infractions and shenanigans Knox do. I just wanted Syd to get out of the system and be free but then we wouldn’t have a story, wouldn’t we?
So we also have topnotch characters in here, with depth, motives and dreams. Knox isn’t the most likable person and in fact, he’s an asshole but he knows it, admits it and owns it. And you just can’t help but be endeared with him even if he’s like that. Aside from the boys, we have Marie, who’s such an idealist and who believes in equality and the freeing of the proxies. While I am not an idealist myself (I am cynical), I couldn’t hate on Marie because she is damn feisty and she stands for her principles. Now, that’s a strong girl without being kick-ass. Oh shoot, she’s also kick-ass because she knows how to fight. Attagirl!
More importantly, the characters in Proxy are very… normal. We don’t have the usual heroes we have in young adult who suddenly accepts their fate and swoops in to save the day. Syd just wants to live unnoticed and Know just wants to piss his father off. Even with everything that’s happening, they reacted how normal teens would react – lost, confused and angry. Especially in dystopia, these characters are such a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Alex London.
Now, I’ll get to all those exclamation points I promised. Proxy‘s story is just so goddamned fast-paced that I READ IT IN ONE SITTING!!!!1 This reading-slump-suffering, cannot-finish-a-book-in-a-day blogger finished this book in a breeze. Seriously, you should not start Proxy late at night because you won’t be getting enough sleep. There was enough mystery in it to keep you flipping the page (what’s that mark on Syd??), there were tons of issues it toed but didn’t discuss fully which I fully appreciate because I don’t want preachy novels, several themes cropped up and action is right around every corner. You think Syd will be safe now? Ha, you’re wrong! Then you’ll think it’s really over then BOOM SHAKALAKA Alex London just keeps on giving us more reasons for this: !!!!!!!!!!!!1111
All I can say is, if you haven’t read PROXY, DO SO NOW. NOW. NOW. NOW. NOW. That ending? I was shocked and I love it. You guys, if you want something action-packed but with depth, go read this.
I mean, DUH. The Vamps + Demi Lovato? Color me O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. This has been playing for so long I don’t even know how long but it’s like Rixton’s Me and My Broken Heart all over again. IT’S ON REPEAT!!!1 I mean, I heard the song eons ago but it just got stuck now and it won’t leave. And I won’t let it leave for some more time because all I ever wanna be, all I ever wanna be is somebody to you~ Seriously. It’s so cheesy but I DON’T CARE ONE BIT BECAUSE IT MAKES ME WANNA DANCE AND SCREAM AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS THAT I JUST WANT TO BE SOMEBODY TO YOU EVEN IF THERE’S NO YOU. Hee. Enjoy!
Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She’s the star spiker of her university’s volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target–the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants, and is sure she’ll snag him before graduation. But in the process of winning his heart, she is sideswiped by a surprise move that sends her tumbling from her pedestal.
Fun to Live the Illusion – Excerpt
The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.
I know, I’ve had this pesky rule of not reusing songs in my posts. I’ve previously used this song for my playlist of Savor by Kate Evangelista and I included it in there, albeit begrudgingly (as I’ve been wanting to use it for an actual mermaid book), because it is such a great mood setter. But this song, this song deserves to be an exception to my so-called rule. I love this obscure song (and when I say obscure, it is obscure) and I think it’s perfect for INLAND. The lyrics? Oh YES. The haunting voice? HECK YEAH. Go take a listen to… TIDAL CRUSHER by CAVALIER ROSE!
I love stumbling upon songs. So this is my jam as of late. The lyrics won’t disappoint you as well as it has depth, which is always a plus for me. Go listen!
As one of the original Saturnites, Darby McMillon has been a longtime face of the fandom. From the days when the boys were just a YouTube band trying to gain fans up through their recent lockdown, Darby’s channel – Darby’s Daily Dose of Drama – was the “go to” spot for all things Spaceships Around Saturn.Until now, she’s been trusted by most and envied by few, but her meet up with SAS girlfriend Chloe Branson shakes Darby’s world. She learns quickly that when you’re with the band, everything isn’t always red carpets and music videos.And the closer she gets to her SAS crush Tate Kingsley, the closer she comes to losing her Saturnite status forever.