Hello Gemmies! Have you heard the news? A Sequel to The Andromeda Strain by Michael Chrichton is coming out 50 years after the original novel! This new installment by Daniel H. Wilson takes place a few decades after the events in the first novel. I plan to do a re-read of Andromeda Strain to refresh myself before jumping into Evolution.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
The Evolution is Coming. In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated The Andromeda Strain—killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the world from an epidemic of unimaginable proportions. In the moments before a catastrophic nuclear detonation, they succeeded.
In the ensuing decades, research on the microparticle continued. And the world thought it was safe…
Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrain-mapping drone has detected a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the deadly microparticle.
With this shocking discovery, the next-generation Project Wildfire is activated, and a diverse team of experts hailing from all over the world is dispatched to investigate the potentially apocalyptic threat.
But the microbe is growing—evolving. And if the Wildfire team can’t reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.
I am soo excited to read this next installment. The Andromeda Strain Evolution is set to release December 3, 2019. Are you going to pick up this book? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hello Gemmies! November is almost gone, can you believe it?!?!? Where is the time going? Despite the seemingly quick passage of time, it was still a good reading month for me. Here are the gems that I had the pleasure of reading.
I enjoyed all of these reads this month! Let me know what you read by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Happy Thanksgiving Gemmies! May the beauty and blessing of the season bring warmth, peace, and lots of great reads to your home!
Hi Gemmies! I am so excited to announce that actress April Parker Jones, wore a GC cuff for her photoshoot for Modestly Bold Magazine. April is known for her roles on SuperGirl, Jericho, and If Loving You is Wrong, just to name a few! The cuff looks gorgeous on her!! I'm honored she chose to wear it!
Hello Gemmies! If you are in Raleigh NC. Saturday November 30th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST, Dog-Eared Books will be having their annual fill-a-bag for $10 sale on small business Saturday! Bring your Dog-Earred Books tote or you can purchase one on the day of the sale, while supplies last.
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Hi Gemmies! One of the undisputed Queen's of Afro Futurism, Nnedi Okorafor announced she will be releasing a new book for middle grade readers called Ikenga! Ikenga is about a little boy who can access super powers with the assistance of the magical Ikenga. I had no idea what an Ikenga was so I looked it up. Ikenga is a powerful symbol of the Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria and is believed to house a person's personal God and ancestors. It can also increase spiritual activation through prayer and sacrifice. This book is sure to be filled with adventure, mysticism, African culture, and pure awesomeness.
The announcement was also accompanied by a cover reveal. I love the muted earth tones featured in this cover. I also of course love that it features a black boy. We don't have nearly enough books that feature young men of color prominently on the cover.
Synopsis from Entertainment Weekly:
“Nnamdi’s father was a good chief of police, perhaps the best Kalaria had ever had. He was determined to root out the criminals that had invaded the town. But then he was murdered, and most people believed the Chief of Chiefs, most powerful of the criminals, was responsible. Nnamdi has vowed to avenge his father, but he wonders what a twelve-year-old boy can do. Until a mysterious nighttime meeting, the gift of a mystical object that enables super powers, and a charge to use those powers for good changes his life forever. How can he fulfill his mission? How will he learn to control his newfound powers?
I have read all of Nnedi's works and cannot wait to read this gem! Ikenga is set to release August 18, 2020. Are you looking forward to reading Ikenga? What do you think of the cover? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hi Gemmies! There is a lot of buzz around a new novel coming out next year from Jordan Ifueko called Raybearer. It's cover has been revealed and it is gorgeous! I'm really looking forward to reading this debut fantasy from a new talent.
Synopsis from Good Reads:
Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.
Look for Raybearer to hit shelves April 4, 2020. Are you excited to read this book? Let me know your thoughts about the cover by leaving a comment below.
Hello Gemmies! Today, I am bringing you the review of Into The Drowning Deep and Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant. I've been on a bit of a mermaid kick lately, but make no mistakes, these aren't your pretty lure sailors in type of mermaids. These mermaids will just as soon as bite your face off than sing a song. Both of these stories are a bloody good time (pardon the pun). I cannot express enough how truly frightening these mermaids are! Adding to that fear is the isolation and mystery of the deep ocean that Grant does a brilliant job of making you feel.
Rolling in the Deep is a short story prequel that reads like found footage of a TV mockumentary series. The action starts fairly quickly and as a result, I didn't get the opportunity to really get attached to any of the characters, but they were fleshed out sufficiently for you to feel for their plight and want to learn more.
Into the Drowning Deep picks up seven years after the events in Rolling in the Deep. I love how Grant mixes in horror and science to keep events moving at a good pace. It was a bit of a slow burn, but there is enough action and suspense throughout to keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat. We also get the events from various points of view from all the key players involved. I need to call out the tasteful way Grant describes and includes several hearing impaired characters as well as the intricacies of sign language. The ending leaves the door wide open for a sequel and I cannot wait to read the next edition in this series! If these two books are any indication, it promises to be an entertaining, bloody good time! I highly recommend that you read the prequel short story Rolling in the Deep first to get the full effect of the story.
Synopsis of Rolling in the Deep from Good Reads:
When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses. They didn't expect actual mermaids. They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.
This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.
Synopsis of Into the Drowning Deep from Good Reads:
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.
Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
If you are interested in reading a different take on mermaids, I recommend you dive into this series. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hello Gemmies! I wanted to take a moment to highlight a middle grade ghost series that I recently read and fell absolutely in love with. I took part in Schwabtember, a challenge to read as many books written by V.E. Schwab in the month of September as possible. I happened to start with The Cassidy Blake Series, and man am I happy I did. These books are sooo good! They are full of mystery, history and lore, yummy food references, and of course ghosts!
I know it is supposed to be for middle grade readers, but each book had just the right amount of creep factor and action to keep me entertained. The stories are fast paced and include a sweet tale of friendship between Cassidy and her ghost bestie Jacob.
There are currently two books in the series with book three coming out in 2020.
City of Ghosts Synopsis from Good Reads:
Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
Tunnel of Bones Synopsis from Good Reads:
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.
When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghost hunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger. And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever.
I can't wait for book three to come out. Have you read this series? If not, please consider adding it to your reading list, you will not regret it! Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!
Hello Gemmies! I have another surprise cover reveal. Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover for Mexican Gothic by Siliva Moreno-Garcia. This cover is pure brown girl magic. I love the vibrant colors and lush feel.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the same author that brought us Gods of Jade and Shadow, Certain Dark Things, and The Beautiful Ones. If you haven't read any of her works, I highly recommend you add them to your reading list! Mexican Gothic is set to release June 30, 2020.
Synopsis of Mexican Gothic from Good Reads:
From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel, a story about an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico -- and the brave socialite drawn to its treacherous secrets.
He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find -- her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough, smart, and has an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
What do you think of the cover? Are you excited to read Mexican Gothic? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!