Cover Reveal | Henderbell by J.D. Netto

I am so honored to share the cover for one of my author friend's upcoming books in a brand new Young Adult fantasy series. J.D. isn't new to the Young Adult genre. His first series, The Whispers of the Fallen, is one that is known to the YA audience. This fall, prepare yourself for an all-new series featuring magic, friendship, and darkness. Click here to read a preview of some of the chapters of the first book! 

Title: Henderbell: The Shadow of Saint Nicholas
Author: J.D. Netto
Pages: 302 pages
Release Date: November 11th, 2019
Genre: Fantasy
"Maybe this was the reason why I always felt like an outsider growing up. I never belonged in the ordinary. I was born to live amidst magic." Enzo Griffin

Enzo and Ava Griffin never expected to face their worst nightmare on Christmas Eve. Through they always dreamed of magic, they never thought of its actual existence, and the consequences it carries. During a violent snowstorm, they're visited by fowl creatures called Shadow Spirits. The eerie beings kidnap both of their grandparents, vanishing into a portal found on the bark of a tree.

After the frightening incident, Enzo and Ava discover Henderbell, a world full of magic, wonder, and secrets. But an impending doom is revealed to them. The king and queen of Henderbell are missing, and their absence could trigger the destruction of this new-found world and the human realm. On the quest to find both Henderbellian rulers, Enzo and Ava learn of a curse placed upon their own bloodline. But other ancient enemies have risen from their graves, seeking revenge for a past unknown to them.

Enzo and Ava find friendship, courage, and love as they face unimaginable darkness in the quest to redeem the world they belong and the one they live in.

Can you discover the curse hidden in the shadows?

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 J.D. Netto 

Born in a small town in Brazil, J.D. relocated to the United States when he was eleven years old. At an early age, J.D. discovered his passion for fantasy stories and alternate universes. His first book series, The Whispers of the Fallen, has captivated readers around the world, becoming a prominent voice in young adult fantasy. J.D. is also the founder of the Saved by the Page movement.

J.D. Netto is also a visual artist, musician, and entrepreneur. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | BOOK REVIEW

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Pages: 388 pages
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Source: Hardcover from Book of the Month
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Historical Fiction
Rating: 5/5 stars
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn's luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the '80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn's story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid's signature talent for creating "complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.

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I find it extremely refreshing to step away from the Young Adult genre I'm so used to reading. I always find it so comforting to come back to writing reviews after taking a semi-long hiatus. I don't think I'll ever forget how to write reviews, however, if I did I'd trust that you'd call me out on it.

I don't really know why I decided to start this book. I had heard a tremendous amount of buzz when it first came out, but it all kind of died down after that. Now this book is regarded as a cult classic and only those who have read it will ever know of its greatness. As soon as I started reading, I was captivated. I guess you could say I was as captivated with this book as the whole world was captivated with Evelyn Hugo (well in the book). Reid wastes no time getting into the story. This book is truly a testament to exquisite writing. I found it incredible how she could fit Evelyn's entire life story into 388 pages.

It's safe to say that this book has made me fall in love with historical fiction all over again. The last time I read historical fiction was when I read Secrets of Nanreath Hall by Alix Rickloff, and that was at the beginning of 2017. I am a stranger to this genre. I don't know how Reid makes old Hollywood look so illustrious and also so mysterious like you desperately want to be a part of it. This book will have you panting for answers because the book hints at this massive reveal at the end of the book but it literally doesn't get revealed until the last few pages. I hate that I had to wait so long, but I love how a book made me feel that way; like I couldn't physically put it down. I was tortured every time I had an assignment and it kept me from reading. It's also the whole lure of entering the glamorous and secretive world of Hollywood. This book is incredibly addicting.

Evelyn Hugo is one of the most complex characters I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. At some points, I just wanted to scream through the pages and throw this book on the floor in frustration at her. In others, I wanted to console her. Either way, Evelyn Hugo is a fucking legend. She's a badass woman who was very misunderstood, but this book gives you all the information and lets you make the final call about what kind of person she was. I loved that!

Yes, everything that everyone's saying about this book is true. Don't you just want to read it and be apart of the club that has experienced this book's magic? With a dazzling and diverse cast of characters in a secretive world of Hollywood, this book is likely to change the way you think about historical fiction novels. To put it simply, if there was such a thing as the Book Oscars, this book would go home with Best Novel. I can't wait to see what else Reid has in store for historical fiction.

5 Reasons to Pick Up Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Title: Wicked Fox
Author: Kat Cho
Pages: 432 pages
Release Date: June 25th, 2019
Source: ARC from Publisher
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology
A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret--she's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead--her gumiho soul--in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl--he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He's drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon's.

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Welcome to my stop on the #WickedFox blog tour! I'm honored to be a part of this tour and to share this awesome book with you guys, which will be hitting shelves on June 25th. I know sometimes choosing new books to read can be difficult, especially when your TBR is towering over. So I'm here to make your life easier, by providing you with 5 simple reasons why you should read Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, laden with GIFs from your favorite Kdramas and Kpop artists! 

1. Korean Culture

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With her new book, Kat Cho wanted to incorporate much of her Korean heritage into this fantastical story. She definitely succeeded. The book takes place in modern day Seoul and gives you a glimpse into what it's like to live in the hustling and bustling metropolis. From the familiar Kdrama and Kpop references to the inclusion of classic and cultural Korean dishes, this book is sure to warm the hearts of many Asian readers as well as become a heartwarming introduction to Korean culture to non-Asian readers. I won't spoil the references, but I'll just say that I squealed with recognition every time I came across a reference! 

2. Like watching a Kdrama

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What's better than being able to read a Kdrama? This book has all the addictive elements that you love from your favorite Kdramas- a great conflict, hate-to-love romance, cute and steamy scenes that make you root for the two characters and some good old humor. It's also a plus that it's fantasy and there's some Korean mythology weaved into the story. 

3. Dark and Dangerous

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The cover may look all fluttery and light-hearted, but this book is actually quite dark. I mean our main protagonist consumes the energy of men to survive, how could it be darker than that? Kat Cho's writing is exceptional, filled with dark humor and even darker characters. Cho creates a creepy atmosphere, where our beloved character's lives could be at stake at any moment. 

4. Fast-paced and Entertaining

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This book is a real page turner, and I found myself absorbed in the stories of the characters. Bear with me it is quite a chunker, but the story itself is fast-paced and addicting. I found the constant witty banter between Miyoung and Jihoon to be so addicting because I was always interested in seeing what the other person said next. You'll likely find yourself staying up past your bedtime to finish just one more chapter. 

5. It's got BALL - Bad Ass Leading Ladies

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Okay. OKAY. We love a book that is modern feminism with a paranormal fantasy twist. All the women in this book are absolutely FIREE and stole the whole show from the romance. After all, the book starts off with Miyoung saving Jihoon's life! My favorite character in the entire book was actually Jihoon's halmeoni (grandmother). She is a caring and fiercely independent women, who isn't afraid of anything. Be prepared to read about these women kicking ass, both figuratively and literally! 

Kat Cho

Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt.

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POC in Pub Presents: Diversity in Design

Last month, People of Color in Publishing organized a "Diversity in Design" event at Penguin Random House. Aimed at recent graduates and junior/senior art students of color, the event had me equal parts excited and nervous. While I already have some design experience in publishing, I knew this would be another great opportunity to network and hear from professionals.

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We have all heard the phrase "(Insert any industry) is so white," and the design/publishing industry is no different. Walking into the room of the event and seeing people of so many different races and ethnicities was welcoming and hopeful. As I looked around and saw my peers carrying their backpacks and portfolios, I realized this was the next generation of designers who would change the status quo.

After checking in and piling food on our plates, the event kicked off with a panel of Penguin Random House designers. The speakers included a junior designer, creative director, assistant director (digital campaigns & media planning), senior designer, junior art director, and marketing manager. They spoke about their paths to design as well as to their current position, being the only POC in the room, and how being a POC can consciously or subconsciously affect our perspectives. Furthermore, they showed a sampling of their design work (aka book covers).

In the next portion of the event, a different set of speakers presented best practices and tips for resume, cover letter, website, and portfolio. They showed examples of such from applicants and people who were subsequently hired. Lastly, we had the opportunity for a designer to review our portfolio and have an intimate conversation. I spoke with an art director and we discussed my portfolio, my future goals as a designer, and how it is possible to integrate your personal passion projects into your work career.

Thank you to People of Color in Publishing for setting up this wonderful event and the Penguin Random House employees who shared their time and experience with us! I recommend visiting People Of Color in Publishing's website if you are a person of color wanting to pursue a career in publishing.

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