Book Recs based on popular TV shows and Movies // The Umbrella Academy

Hello everyone!

I’m back today, here to do another Book Recs based on TV shows and Movies. For today’s edition, we will be covering the hit TV show on netflix: The Umbrella Academy! I absolutely fell in love with this show, and thought it would be a cool one to cover.

Now, Let’s get started!

What’s the Umbrella Academy about?

The Umbrella Academy resolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted siblings that are reunited after their father’s death. As they start to figure out how their father died they start to uncover shocking secrets while also dealing with an impending threat to earth.

If you haven’t checked it out, you totally should!

Book Recommendations based on the show

Renegades:

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Similarities between the two:

  • Characters have unique powers
  • Both include superheroes or wanting to be one
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Include themes of revenge and vengeance

Six of Crows:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Similarities between the two:

  • Dysfunctional families
    • Threaten to kill each other many times // tension
  • Include themes of revenge and vengeance
  • Trying to save their world from an impending threat
  • Lighthearted moments interjected between the dark and violent story

Vicious:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

Similarities between the two:

  • Characters have unique powers
  • Includes themes of revenge and vengeance
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Experiments to receive powers and to see how they work
  • Time jumps between certain periods

Skyhunter:

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sends to attack Mara.

The legendary Strikers, Mara’s elite fighting force, are trained to stop them. But as the number of Ghosts grows and Karensa closes in, defeat seems inevitable.

Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows firsthand the brutality of the Federation. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that considers their people repugnant. She finds comfort only with a handful of fellow Strikers who have pledged their lives to one another and who are determined to push Karensa back at all costs.

When a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? Or could he be the weapon that will save them all?

Similarities between the two:

  • Uncover a mystery and find out life changing secrets
  • Have to save the rest of the world from an impending threat
  • Mysterious society where not much is known about it // have to break in and uncover secrets
    • The Commission and The Karensa Federation
  • Experimentation

These Violent Delights:

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Similarities between the two:

  • Dysfunctional family
  • Themes of vengeance and violence
  • Trying to stop an impending threat from ending the world
  • Lighthearted moments between the dark and violent story

The Diabolic:

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

Similarities between the two:

  • Trying to stop an impending threat from ending the world
  • Robotic characters
  • Try to protect the characters they love or are related to
  • Break into mysterious society try to learn more and blend in
    • The commission and the Galactic court

A Darker Shade of Magic:

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Similarities between the two:

  • Characters have powers
  • Deadly book duo // Hazel and Cha Cha // Kell and Lila
  • Trying to stop an impending threat from destroying the world
  • Bloody and Violent

Illuminae:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Similarities between the two:

  • Plays with time and going to different time periods
  • Trying to fight an impending threat
  • Robotic characters
  • Uncovering a mystery

Strange the Dreamer:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Similarities between the two:

  • A character who can talk to ghosts
  • Dysfunctional family
  • Trying to uncover the past
  • Trying to stop an impending threat

What did you think of my picks? Have you watched The Umbrella Academy?

Is there a show // movie you would like me to cover next time? Thanks for checking out this post!

3 Bookish Things Tag + The Red Book Tag

Hey Guys!

Welcome back! Today I’m going to be doing the Three Bookish Things Tag! I was tagged by Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise, (Go check her out if you haven’t already!). I’ve been so excited to do this tag, and I hope y’all enjoy it! 

I am also going to be doing The Red Book Tag, which was created by Nashita @ Books and Brownies! I was tagged by Madinah @ Mochas and Madness and Ash @ Ink and Ash!

Let’s get started!

3 Bookish Things Tag

3 Read-Once-And-Loved Authors

  1. Taylor Jenkins Reid (Author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo)
  2. Chloe Gong (Author of These Violent Delights)
  3. Xiran Jay Zhao (Author of Iron Widow)

3 Titles I have watched but not read

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ( It was okay, I’m not really a horror movie person)
  2. The Princess Diaries ( It was a fun movie, but I don’t think I would ever read the book)
  3. Game of Thrones ( I enjoyed this show so much except the last two seasons, and would LOVE to read the books! )

3 Series I have binged

I don’t binge-series in one day, to be honest. I take my time and like to process the whole series on my own time. The only one I have is The Air Folk series.

3 Characters I love

Such a tough question because I have so many. More than I can count! But I narrowed it down to three that I love when I get to read about them.

  1. Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes
  2. Enrique + Zofia from the Gilded Wolves (I can’t choose between the two of them // Also I hope they end up together in the next book)
  3. Bree Matthews from Legendborn

3 Current Favorite Covers

  1. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (This cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I have wanted to read this book since it came out! I finally got a copy, so hopefully, that’s soon!)
  2. Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike Lyimide (Another beautiful and anticipated read for this year! Once again, I just got this book, so I’m hoping to read it soon!)
  3. The Atlas Six by Olivia Blake (This isn’t that good as the other one, but I love how simplistic it is! I’m so excited for this one and have heard such good things about it from my fellow bloggers!)

3 Things I have used as bookmarks

I’m not going to include bookmark since this seems to ask for other items beside a bookmark. But yes, I have used a book mark before.

  1. Post it note (sticks on the pages easily)
  2. Ripped Paper (I just rip a piece of paper nearby and put it in)
  3. Finger (Only if I put my book down for a sec otherwise I use something that can stay within the pages)

3 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  1. I never really liked Hunt Athalar and thought he was a very toxic love interest. I also found Crescent City to be mediocre at best and that there were many flaws.
  2. A Sky beyond the Storm (the fourth book of An Ember in the Ashes series) was not good, and I was very disappointed by it.
  3. I don’t know if this is an unpopular opinion. I thought The Night Circus was very confusing and felt that the synopsis was very misleading.

3 Bookish Goals for the year

  1. Complete my Goodreads Goal of reading 50 books this year! I’m currently at 39, so I’m pretty close to it!
  2. Write a review for every book I’ve read this year! This either could be on Goodreads or my blog but I have a tendency to post it on both unless it’s a special case.
  3. Find new blogs on the blogsphere and meet other book bloggers!

I tag:

And I tag anyone else who would be interested!

The Red Book Tag

Rules:

  1. Link back to original post, so Nashita.
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post. See above 
  3. Tag 4 people because 13, 1+3= 4.

Red: A book that you love with a burning passion

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: If you haven’t read this book, please do. This is a wonderful story showing the behind-the-scenes of Hollywood from the 50s to 80s. It shows how many women during this time were treated poorly and could not be themselves. Also, Evelyn is such an interesting morally grey character, and you question her actions. But then you realize that she is doing these things for the right reasons, most of the time.

I Knew You Were Trouble: A book you knew would cause you emotional trauma

A Conjuring of Light: From the start, I knew this would cause me emotional trauma. It’s the last book of A Darker Shade of Magic Series. I loved this series, and I was devastated that this was the last book because I fell in love with the characters. I loved the world that the author created, and many times I wanted to live there myself.

We are never ever getting back together: A book you’ve cut ties with

Ash Princess: I never liked this book, and I knew I wasn’t going to read the whole series, so I decided to stop at the first book. I found many flaws within this book, and it was not enjoyable to read. There was also so much repetition, and it quickly became annoying.

I almost do: A book you know is trash, but you love it anyway

A Court of Thorns and Roses: This book has many problems. From slow pacing, being in the Spring Court way too long, the romance was not believable, and repetition in both language and plot. But I know the series get better, so that’s why I love it anyways. This series has the most iconic characters in YA genre.

All too well: A book you remember everything about

These Violent Delights: I was engrossed when reading this. Gong crafted a brilliant story with a lovable character, an engaging plot, and well-developed worldbuilding. I can recall every single thing that happens in this book even though I read it months ago.

Begin again: A book that got you out of a reading slump

Okay, so here’s the thing: I don’t get into reading slumps. Rather I get super busy, so I’m not able to read that much. So I can’t answer this question since I don’t get into slumps.

If y’all want me to do a discussion on reading slumps in the future, Let me know in the comments!

Everything has changed: A book you knew you would love at first sight

Blood Like Magic: Once I read the synopsis and saw the cover of this book, I knew I was going to fall in love. A sci-fi world that has genetic technology and witches who perform magic. That stars a lovable and relatable main character. That sounds like the perfect book for me!

I tag:

Thanks for checking out this post! See you next time!!

Going through the decades // Book Recs for each time periods

Hey everyone!

Today, I’m going to give recommendations based on a wide variety of periods! This can include all periods and not just recent ones. These will also include books that I have not read yet, but I’m planning to in the future! I hope you enjoy this post!

Let’s get started!

Before Common Era

Ivory and Bone:

Two clans. Only one will survive.

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.

16th Century

My Lady Jane:

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

My Contrary Mary:

Welcome to Renaissance France, a place of poison and plots, of beauties and beasts, of mice and . . . queens?⠀

Mary is the queen of Scotland and the jewel of the French court. Except when she’s a mouse. Yes, reader, Mary is an Eðian (shapeshifter) in a kingdom where Verities rule. It’s a secret that could cost her a head—or a tail.⠀

Luckily, Mary has a confidant in her betrothed, Francis. But after the king meets a suspicious end, things at the gilded court take a treacherous turn. Thrust onto the throne, Mary and Francis are forced to navigate a viper’s nest of conspiracies, traps, and treason. And if Mary’s secret is revealed, heads are bound to roll.⠀

18th Century

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Note: Does not stay in the 18th century but it’s a story that goes till 2014

My Plain Jane:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

My Calamity Jane:

Welcome ​to 1876 and a rootin’-tootin’ America bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou

JANE (a genuine hero-eene) Calamity’s her name, and garou hunting’s her game—when she’s not starring in Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, that is. She reckons that if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.

FRANK (*wolf whistle*)
Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler is the Wild West’s #1 bachelor. He’s also the best sharpshooter on both sides of the Mississippi, but he’s about to meet his match. . . .

ANNIE (get your gun!)
Annie Oakley (yep, that Annie) is lookin’ for a job, not a romance, but she can’t deny there’s something about Frank she likes. Really likes. Still, she’s pretty sure that anything he can do, she can do better.

A HAIRY SITUATION
After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s been talk of a garou cure. But things ain’t always what they seem—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short.

The Gilded Wolves:

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

20th Century

The Diviners:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened… 

These Violent Delights:

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

Between the Shades of Gray:

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life — until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?

The Book Thief:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo:

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.

Daisy Jones and the Six:

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. 

Malibu Rising:

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Let Me Hear a Rhyme:

Biggie Smalls was right. Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are okay letting their best friend Steph’s tracks lie forgotten in his bedroom after he’s killed—not when his beats could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a celebration, not after years of having each other’s backs.

Enlisting the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, Quadir and Jarrell come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: The Architect. Soon, everyone in Brooklyn is dancing to Steph’s voice. But then his mixtape catches the attention of a hotheaded music rep and—with just hours on the clock—the trio must race to prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave.

Now, as the pressure—and danger—of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph’s fame, together they need to decide what they stand for before they lose everything they’ve worked so hard to hold on to—including each other.

Concrete Rose:

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man. 

Early 21st Century // 2000’s

A Very Large Expanse of Sea:

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments – even the physical violence – she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her – they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds – and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down. 

The Fault in our Stars:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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