Title: Love at First Run
Author: Angel C. Aquino
Age Range: New Adult
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
After getting her heart broken, 23-year-old Diana Gomez is afraid to fall in love again. But when her office crush Paul invites her to join a running club with him, she goes for it. What she doesn’t know is that to be a part of the club, she actually has to train for a half marathon—and that she’ll meet Joshua, the handsome club veteran who becomes her unofficial running buddy. As if it isn’t hard enough to do speed work, interval training, and long runs after work and on weekends, she has to deal with her feelings for both boys and face her fears of falling in love.
Will she reach the finish line without getting herself (or her heart) injured? Journey with Diana as she reaches running milestones, overcomes obstacles, pushes herself to the limit, and discovers the strength within her… one kilometer at a time.
Content Warnings: Slut-shaming
I’m sure nearly every book blogger out there has very firm opinions on the physical appearances of their books. You’ve heard them time and time again, I’m sure. Tons of book bloggers will talk about how they hate dog-eared pages, smears, thumbprints, cracked spines, peeling edges, underlines and highlights, and just anything that makes their books look like they weren’t just purchased from the bookstore.
And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that! I’m not about to bash anybody’s bookish habits! (God knows we’re all broke-ass nerds anyway.) Instead, what I’m going to do today is simply talk about the alternative: battered books.
Title: Secondhand Origin Stories
Author: Lee Blauersouth
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi, Superhero Fiction
Opal has been planning to go to Chicago and join the Midwest’s superhero team, the Sentinels, since she was a little kid. That dream took on a more urgent tone when her superpowered dad was unjustly arrested for protecting a neighbor from an abusive situation. Now, she wants to be a superhero not only to protect people, but to get a platform to tell the world about the injustices of the Altered Persons Bureau, the government agency for everything relating to superpowers.
But just after Opal’s high school graduation, a supervillain with a jet and unclear motives attacks the downtown home of the Sentinels, and when Opal arrives, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart. She meets a boy who’s been developing secret (and illegal) brain-altering nanites right under the Sentinel’s noses, another teenage superhero-hopeful who looks suspiciously like a long-dead supervillain, and the completely un-superpowered daughter of the Sentinels’ leader. Can four teens on the fringes of the superhero world handle the corruption, danger, and family secrets they’ve unearthed?
Content Warnings: Homophobia, transphobia, ableism
Hey guys! I’m back with another edition of 100 Thoughts While Reading. As always, big thanks to Karina of Afire Pages for coming up with the idea in the first place.
As you can probably guess, I’m doing the Secondhand Origin Stories blog tour hosted – as usual, lol – by the lovely Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch. If you haven’t signed up for the blog tour, don’t fret! It’s available on Amazon, and I’ve included the link below!
There will be a more detailed review to follow, so please stick around for that. I’m so excited to tell you what I thought of this book!
As always, be warned that this post contains spoilery content!
Without further ado, here are my 100 Thoughts While Reading Secondhand Origin Stories.
Karina of Afire Pages started this thing called 100 Thoughts While Reading, and when I commented on her post 100 Thoughts While Reading The Belles, she suggested perhaps writing a 100 Thoughts While Reading post as well. I thought of doing one for The Voting Game, since I’m on the blog tour hosted by the lovely Shealea.
My actual review will be up soon, so I hope you stick around for that! The Voting Game was an awesome book, and you should definitely add it to your TBR.
Fair warning. This is somewhat spoilery content.