Asper Blurry's 'TRAIN to the EDGE of the MOON' #BOOKBLITZ + #GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win A $25 Amazon Gift Card


Train to the Edge of the Moon
Asper Blurry
Publication date: October 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Punk is no ordinary millennial who takes the life as it is. She has a nasty habit of getting in troubles, she shows the middle finger to prejudice and stupidity, she fights against her broken identity and darkness of her soul. She goes against the stream with her heavy, tight shoes, but she still tries to be a better person. Punk’s adventurous journey to become someone who matters starts in a Place Without a Name, continues in Italy and London. Her train is full of sad reflections, laughs, modern tales about our young lives, relationships and occasional heartbreaks.
“Train to the Edge of the Moon” is about all shades of the young people reality – struggles with career, romances, feeling lost in the corporate machinery, feeling misunderstood and rejected by society. It’s funny, it makes you laugh and in the next moment it gets sad and dark and you want to crawl in the corner and cry a little. It also raises controversial issues such as addictions, depression, and abuse. Those who have been beaten down, trampled over and nearly robbed of everything that makes them who they are, those who refuse to adapt and be another brick in the wall in the modern mayhem will find here hope and strength to fight for their happiness and peace of soul.
Imagine “Girl, interrupted” partying up with the older “Catcher in the Rye” and immerse your curiosity in Punk’s wild adventures.
EXCERPT:
Gloomy room
immersed in a scent
of modern cowards
Filled with
shapeless creatures
sitting in silence
because they have
nothing to say
Fake plastic faces
with a grimace
of disappointment
painted on them
Are we stuck on hold
expecting our turn
in a waiting room
of so-called
lost generation?
London 2015
Weak raindrops were pouring down her leather jacket. It was raining every day lately, and she missed the warmth of Italian sun. Yet Punk couldn’t leave London just like that. It wasn’t just some place for her. She considered London to be a he. A breathing creature with his virtues, weaknesses and vices. His violent dynamism was intoxicating. It would bring her joyful moments of light mixed with deep secrets of a black soul. At first, his huge size and activity caused her dizziness and it took her a while to adjust.
Punk was waiting for them in front of the Oxford Circus tube. Her long, brown hair was tangled by the strong wind. These days it wouldn’t allow her to breathe consciously. A frozen glimmer of the sun appeared on the gray sky, buried behind the dark clouds. But no one bothered to spot it happening above the vivid city life. Punk was like a single shadow that ran within the turmoil of passing strangers on Oxford Street. Quick and invisible like a current of the wild river.
Sometimes the wave of London’s beauty would throw her into unknown dangerous waters, sinking her with anxiety and astonishment. The city is very demanding. He doesn’t want you. He wants all of you; pushing you inside his unique core of riot. And if you’re not strong or confident enough he will spit you out like a piece of used shred. He will devour all your vigor, leaving you with naked ass hid in the bushes.
Punk resembled London in many ways. But she couldn’t stay alive like he did. She could feel life only through glass. It made her hungry and eager to try and live it all. Mostly in homelessness and detachment.
Yet when she saw her two lovers emerging from the stream of dim sunlight a delicate glow covered her pale cheeks. It looked like a smile. She was less scared now after all they’d been through, but she still couldn’t get used to feeling this way.
Someone said she was beautiful and untouchable. So where did all this ugliness come from? Was it her illusion? Was it their notion? Was it even real?


Author Bio:
Asper Blurry is a writer, poet, thinker, seeker, traveler and much more. She often finds herself in places of different dimensions and cruel whispers, far from the dreamland. But that's the price she pays for her creations and she keeps writing because of this artistic force inside her heart and mind.
Her voice is genuine, blunt and raw, sometimes poetic and mysterious. She writes freely about our ordinary life and the reality of modern, young people. She's not afraid of addressing controversial issues such as addictions, depression and intolerance. She's convinced that if her writing touches your soul or makes you feel something, all those nights spent in the darkness on the other side will be worth it.


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STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman | Book Review + Spotify Playlist



SUMMARY

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.

REVIEW

This book took my breath away. I usually take a few months to read one book for a tour and end up dropping out because I lose interest or run out of time to finish the book. But for Starfish, I had very little trouble getting into it and falling for the environment Kiko was in. It took me a few weeks to finish, but there was not a minute that I didn't root for Kiko every step of the way. I smiled, laughed, shed so many tears (especially towards the big reveal at the end!), and it felt really real and authentic.
I'm not biracial myself, but being a young, black girl growing up, I also felt confused as to where I belonged in this world. I'd felt too "white" for the black kids, but not "white enough" to be white, so I never had a lot of friends growing up. I'd felt so out of place that, like Kiko, I hid in my room and used my art (writing) to escape, the way Kiko uses visual arts (painting/drawing) as hers. So I could feel Kiko's insecurities about not knowing her true half-Japanese heritage.

Her relationship with her childhood friend Jamie was so realistic. I loved how they grew up together, but circumstances made him move away, but she's never stopped thinking about him. Even when she'd had terrifying anxiety attacks, he was confused and didn't know how to help her much, he didn't push her away. He kept her guarded and safe by playing music for her on his earbuds! So sweet!

One thing I'd like to point out, and it's a spoiler, but it needs to be said: When Jamie kissed Kiko for the first time, Kiko was surprised but let it happen because she'd wanted it for a long time. A reviewer on Goodreads had thought it had insinuated sexual abuse or and issue of consent. To me, it didn't feel like that at all. I'd felt that both times that Jamie kissed Kiko when she was emotional, but it wasn't because she didn't want the kiss to happen. She'd always let herself fall into it and somehow enjoy it. I'd gotten into an argument with this person on social media, and after she had blasted me on Twitter about the scenes in the book, I dropped the conversation. Differences aside, I still don't think what Jamie did was wrong or hurtful towards Kiko. I still feel like she needed to let those emotions go to be with him. 


At first, when I'd read the synopsis and read about Kiko road-tripping with a childhood friend, I initially had thought it was with her best friend, Emery, since she was going away for college. But it wasn't---it was Jamie! Which I thought was really clever way to keep the reader interested.
On the downside, two things that held this story back: short chapters and Kiko's mother. The chapters, while beautifully written, were so short. Kiko's crippling anxiety both showed her character and held her back mentally. She challenged herself split into two ways --- "WHAT I WANT TO SAY" and "WHAT I ACTUALLY SAY" --- especially when she was in an argument with her mother. And at the end of each chapter, there is a description of Kiko's drawings and paintings. Those were amazing because I could feel how much art really meant to her.

Another downside was Kiko's goddamn narcissistic, self-centered, selfish, twisted, cunning mother. Not only did she find ways to bring down Kiko and her brothers, she blamed Kiko for her divorce from their father for years. Kiko's mother was a bigot too, from making her kids play "Most Caucasian-looking of the Himura Children" to inviting her abusive brother to stay with them, knowing that Kiko was sexually abused by him as a child. She chose to either avoid, ignore or use Kiko's anxiety against her and make it about herself. It wasn't until near the end of the book when Kiko's mother admitted that she too may have had been abused too, but by then it was too late.

However on the other hand, I wish Kiko would have used that moment to at least share some empathy towards her mother. It's usually those heavy moments that make even the toughest people break down, and it would have been nice to see Kiko gain some new perspective towards her mother.

But other than those moments, this book was still incredible! It was such sheer, unadulterated, open, honest, vulnerable brilliance, and I'm so glad I read it. If this is Bowman's debut, then I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.

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#BookBlogger Hop - September 22-28: Why are Some Books Banned?





About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte:

In regards of Banned Books Week, what are your favourite books that has been banned or challenged?

My Answer:

I actually wasn't aware of many books that were banned, not even in school. I thought that was an oldfashioned type of thing. The way I see it, if you really want to read a book, you don't have to sneak around and try to hide it, even if it is "banned". Books are meant to be read, so why ban them because you don't like them? If the content is not to your liking (as a teacher or principal), don't read it to your students. But don't ban it so they will want to check it out even more. Kids are curious like that. How do you think Fifty Shades of Grey got popular?! 🤣

Favorite Banned Books:

Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960
Harper Lee’s great American tome stands as proof positive that the censorious impulse is alive and well in our country, even today. For some educators, the Pulitzer-prize winning book is one of the greatest texts teens can study in an American literature class. Others have called it a degrading, profane and racist work that “promotes white supremacy.”

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Banned for allegations that the book promotes secular humanism, New Age religion, occultism, and Satanism

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (!!!)
Unsuited to Age Group, Witchcraft, Religious Viewpoint, Anti-Family, Darkness, Scariness, Violence, and for "setting bad examples".

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (!!!)

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BOOK BLITZ + Giveaway + Music Playlist + Fancasting of Characters from THE VICTORIA IN MY HEAD by Janelle Milanes



From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want. 

Synopsis
Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.

ENTER TO WIN One personalized copy of The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes
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Fancasting of Characters

Victoria - Ariela Barer



Annie - Nikki Soohoo


Strand - Jordan Fisher



Krina - Tridha Choudhury



Levi - Zachary Gordon


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#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Fancasts



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite fancasts in media adaptations of books. I'm not very good as casting movie actors because I usually pay attention to castings when the movies are being made already. Popular actors from movies have been done already, so I'll just create some of my own. 

September 20th: Favorite Fancasts
--Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you'd like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as)


5. Alexis Bledel as Bella Swan in Twilight - Before the movie was first in pre-production and Kristen Stewart completely dominated as Bella, I remember there were so many fanmade videos of Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel as the shy, beautiful bookworm. And at the time, it fit because both Bella and Alexis are huge classical book fans, simple, shy, pretty normal girls. Even though I loved Kristen as Bella, it would have been interesting to see how Alexis would have handled the part too. 


4. Ashley Benson as Nora in Hush Hush - I remember Nora being this feisty redhead, and I think Ashley would have done a good job as her. Seeing as that she was feisty and funny as Hanna in Pretty Little Liars, it could work out alright. 


3. Katherine McNamara as Josie in Anomaly - Another fiery redheaded actress playing a feisty redheaded character. Tonya Kuper, the author of the book, actually used Katherine as a muse for Josie, so if she were cast in the movie or TV version, Tonya would freak TF out!! I know I would! Also, she already has the red hair because of Shadowhunters, so there would be nothing to worry about. 😉


2. Alex Pettyfer as Jace in Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters - Remember when almost all of the Mortal Instruments fans were ecstatic to hear about Alex Pettyfer maybe becoming Jace in the first TMI movie? Yeah, that never happened... But I remember everybody and their mama wanted Alex to be Jace. But then, he'd said that he didn't want to do anymore teen YA movies anymore after I Am Number Four flopped (but then he did cheesy, sexy, stripper movie called Magic Mike, so which is it that you want, boy?) so that chance never happened. But I wonder how it would be if Alex was Jace and not Jamie Campbell Bower, or even Dominic Sherwood (from the TV show). 


1. Harry Shum Jr. as Prince Kai in Cinder - I really only know Harry in Glee and Shadowhunters, and while his acting is known for being fabulous, goofy, and joyous, he actually has more dramatic range. So I think he'd be a good serious Kai if Cinder were a show or movie. 

Who are some of your favorite fancasts in movie adaptations? Leave comments below!


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#BookBloggerHop - September 15-21: Special Edition Books






About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books

Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?

I only carry the first versions of books in my bookshelf and Kindle libraries. I admire and get jealous of people (Booktubers, more specifically) who can buy different versions of the same book, regardless of the price. My bookshelf is pretty small, so I have to be very mindful of how I spend money on books, especially if there is an updated cover on it. 

Like I said in last week's entry, I don't really buy books based on the cover alone. If the cover looks good but the synopsis isn't, I won't buy it. But if the cover is trash and the synopsis is good, it can be forgiven. As for more expensive vs. least expensive cover editions, unless there's going to be an even more special feature in the book --- like a poster, a snippet of the next book, a map --- I'll stick with the first version to save money. 

I ask this question back to you guys. Have you ever bought a book that was more expensive than its original version? Comment below! 





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#Bloggiesta 2017: Check out my Fall To-Do List for my blog!


Here comes yet another reading challenge for me to join: Bloggiesta 2017! But this challenge is different in that it doesn't involve much reading, but more about changing and rebranding your business. 


In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!
Bloggiesta was originally started in June of 2009 by the lovely and tenacious Natasha from Maw Books Blog. In March of 2012 Natasha graciously passed the torch on to Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s A Book. After hosting this fantastic event during both March and September of 2012 it was decided that Bloggiesta needed it’s own home, which is the site you’re now visiting.
For my to-do list, I'll only be doing a few things, since it's my first time participating in a challenge that focuses on enhancing the blog's look, style and marketing.

 A Bloggiesta Master To Do List!

❏  update Goodreads reviews
❏  clean up labels/tags
❏  change or fix one thing on your sidebar I changed my Currently Reading book from Homegoing by Ya'a Gyasi to Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. 
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs I've commented on a few blogs already this week. 

❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat - Saturday, September 23 @ 2pm EST! I have work at 3 after that, so hopefully I'll be able to participate at least somewhat. 

What's your Bloggiesta 2017 to-do list? Leave comments below! 



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#BookBloggerHop September 8-14: Cover Art Love






About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer:

Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art?

I always buy books based on the cover and the synopsis. If the cover is tacky or cheap looking but the synopsis is still good, then I could forgive the bad cover. But if the cover is appealing, but the synopsis isn't, I probably won't buy it. But then again, I have bought books without thinking about the synopsis. Which ties into my Top 5 Wednesday weekly meme post here

I ask this question back to you guys. Have you ever bought a book based on a cover only?Comment below! 

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#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books to Read Without the Synopsis




Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books to read without ever checking out the synopsis first. We're always looking at the cover first, then the summary to see if the story is any good. But in some cases, it's best to go into these stories blindly. 

September 13th: Books to Read without the Synopsis
--We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say "its best to go into this one blind." Discuss those books.

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Bromances

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 bromances in books. 

August 30th: Favorite Bromances
-- I think we have done this topic before in the distant past, but who doesn't love a good bromance? Bromance = platonic relationship between two characters who identify as male.
 

You'll notice that a lot of my choices involve similar characters who have male relationships with other people. That's the point. You can have different relationships with various kinds of people. That's what makes those bonds so strong. 

5. Edward and Emmett Cullen - Twilight

We rarely get to see their relationship in the movies, but in the books, I like that they have a more playful, friendly connection. 

4. Edward Cullen and Jasper Hale - Twilight

Another Cullen bros. moment. We see Jasper's back story in Eclipse, but we don't get to see Edward and his brother's relationship much here either. However, in fanfics, there are a lot of stories that expand on their brotherhood, which is very touching. 

3. Alec Lightwood and Jace Wayland - Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments

Alec and Jace have a very.....interesting relationship! They went from friends to parabatai to brothers very quickly. A lot of people seem to forget that Alec was once in love with Jace for years! Until he realized he was gay, he did everything in his power to shove his feelings for Jace. I think that love for Jace made their relationship even stronger because his actions brought Jace closer to him as family. 

2. Alec and Max Lightwood- Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments

Moment of silence for Max, please.

Max was the baby of the Lightwood family, and he'd always shadowed both Jace and Alec as being the best. He'd wanted to be just like them. Especially Alec, because he was his big brother. 

1. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley - Harry Potter

Need I say more?! The best wizard power duo in the history of Hogwarts!! They've had their jealous moments (especially Ron) but they always come back to each other and love each other. 

No pictures this week. I still have to do this week's T5W, amongst other things. But I hope this one is still good! 

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#BookBloggerHop September 1-7: What's the Bloggiesta?




About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews:

Do you participate in The Bloggiesta?

I've never heard of this event before today, but during other bloggers' posts, I looked up what it was, and it sounds like a BookCon for book bloggers. Sounds like a good time! When does it start?

I ask this question back to you guys. Have you heard of Bloggiesta? Have you participated before? Comment below! 


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