Monday, September 16, 2019

(Review} Storm (Elementals #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

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Page Count: 432
Published On: April 24, 2012
Published By: Kensington
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Source: ebook - personally purchased
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 3 stars

Trigger warnings for rape, attempted rape, and violence

Goodreads synopsis:

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys-- the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her.

Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water--just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming...


Hey, guys!

Please enjoy this ramble-y review of this fun book by Brigid Kemmerer, a queen of fantasy and contemporary romance -- and now she's a queen of paranormal fiction in my heart. 

Trigger warnings for rape, attempted rape, and violence

This story has a lot of promise but was obviously from the early 2010s if not the late 2000s. This isn't a negative point, but I just felt it was pretty obvious. (And I was correct! It was originally published in 2012. Point to Olivia!)

Overall, this wasn't Brigid's best work, but it was her first published novel! It was a wonderful paranormal novel and I enjoyed it immensely, but it just could not compare to her recent YA contemporaries and A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

I really enjoyed the four brothers. They were super fun and I loved to get to know them. However, their classic white boy names(TM) really confused me sometimes. They were just too similar and they were all mainly names that came from the Bible -- angel's names too. I kept getting Gabriel and Michael mixed up. Their voices were also quite similar to each other so, sometimes I would forget who was talking. I know that Brigid's skill for name differentiating wholly improves, so I'm not particularly worried about the rest of the books.

Becca was a really fun character to get to know too. She was so strong-willed and independent and I love her for that. The horrific things that happen to her, I feel, were a bit glazed over, but I also think that that is because of the internal shame that she feels about it.

I guess the only nit-picky thing I have to say about it is that I wish that there were actual trigger warnings for it in the book. I'm not typically triggered by rape or rape-centered discussions, but I really felt Becca's panic and hurt surrounding the events and I wish that there was some sort of warning. I cannot imagine what it would feel like if I just read something like this if that was something that triggered me. I personally think that the book is feminist af and great, but I wasn't those who read my reviews to be aware that this is in the book.

Overall, this was a really fun paranormal novel and I will absolutely be continuing on with the series. I'm completely attached to these characters and the story that she introduced. I love elemental magic and this is the ATLA-high school drama-paranormal contemporary-goodness that I need in my life.

I was also blessed enough to snag the ebook on Amazon for $1.99 and it is still a discounted price, so hop on that, friends!

Happy reading!
~ Liv the Book Nerd ~

Sunday, September 1, 2019

August 2019 Reading Wrap Up + September TBR

Hey, guys!

This month was surprisingly very productive! By the middle of the month, I began to get really slumpy because I was dreading going back to school. I hate the start of school but I love it so much at the same time. August and September tend to be my worst reading months because I'm trying to juggle my life, but still keep my sanity and not explode into a disgusting mess.

Here are the books that I read in August!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber ~ 3 stars
- This was a reread and I was honestly let down. I didn't love this as much as I did when it first came out. However, I will be continuing on with the series and I'm really excited to see where the story goes. 
reread via audio

Ziggy Stardust & Me by James Brandon ~ 3.5 stars

- This was such an impactful and powerful read. 

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston ~ 3.5 stars

- This was such a wonderful roller coaster ride of a book! I cannot wait to get to the sequels! I absolutely adore Ashley Poston's writing and characters!
read via audio

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks ~ 5 stars

- This was the perfect graphic novel. Beautiful, fluffy story combined with gorgeous art and puns? Hello! Yes, please! This is the perfect fall story. I love love love this book!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff ~ 5 stars

- This is one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. Jay Kristoff is quickly becoming an all-time favorite author. I cannot wait for the release of Darkdawn and to get to Godgrave! This book was so phenomenal. 
read between e-format and physical format

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen ~ 2.5 stars

- This was also another let down of a read. It isn't something I would normally pick up. I picked this up via audiobook, but I ended up finishing the book physically because I really didn't enjoy the narrator. Although this story was well written, the twists were pretty fun, and the characters were interesting; however, the story was just so slow and uneventful. I do not think I will read another book from these authors. 
read via audio

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

- Well, I finally read this enchanting book! Who is surprised that I was completely blown away and in love with this story? 
started via audio (hated it), read 90% physically

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - 4 stars

Another masterpiece. Granted, I docked the story a star just because I found the story's pace quite slow, but the content is so fantastic and I love Aziraphale and Crowley. I love them with all my heart. Not to mention, the mini-series is so phenomenally done. I absolutely binged it with the fiance before I finished the book. 10/10.
read via audio

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - 4.5 stars 

- Another series that i started right before school started... then leading me to wait to actually continue the books because I do not have any time to read for fun now. 
read 90% via audio, finished physically

Dinosnores by Sandra Boynton ~ 5 stars

- This was graciously sent to me by the publisher. This is such a cute and heartwarming board book. I definitely want to acquire more books by Sandra Boynton for my potential child's future library. (No I'm not pregnant and I won't be for a hot minute. I am engaged, so now I'm trying to consider things for my future little family.)

Night of Knives (Shades of Magic Graphic Novels #8) by V.E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri, and Budi Setiawan ~ 3 stars

- This was a bit of a letdown, but it was still good. The previous chapter to the story was so engaging and fast-paced and fantastic, but I felt like this chapter was just not that great. The pacing was so off, the characters were being cliche, and the art style wasn't shining through. The characters looked really similar to each other this time. 
I still cannot wait for more installments to the series. I love V.E. Schwab.
read via e-book through my library

# of Pages Read: 3,617
Physical: 5
Audio: 5
eBooks: 1

What did you read this month? What was your favorite book?

Happy reading!
~ Liv the Book Nerd ~

Saturday, August 31, 2019

July & August 2019 Book Haul

Hey, guys!

I cannot believe that I didn't get to posting my July book haul, but oh well. It was definitely a wonderful month for reading and for acquiring books. I'm really pleased with all that I bought/acquired. However! August was an even bigger month for acquiring books too. I really did not mean to acquire over 30 books in August, but it happened. Before the end of the month, though, I gifted or traded some books that I did not buy for myself or was gifted. 

Here are the stacks and stacks of books that I acquired in the past couple of months!

*Please be aware that I did not buy the majority of these at their full price. I'm not as excessive as this book haul makes me out to be. Promise. I am excessive, but not "nearly 50 books" excessive.*

Personally Purchased
  • The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
    • My Amazon Prime Day purchase! Thank you, Amazon for coupons!
  • Gods of Shade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia
    • my YA BOTM pick!
  • Three Women by Lisa Taddeo 
    • one of my BOTM picks!
  • Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center
    • another BOTM pick!
  • Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer 
    • $3 hardback? Thank you Half Priced Books!
  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer
    • another $3 hardback? Thank you Half Priced Books!
  • The Pisces by Melissa Brandes
    • I splurged and bought this lovely book at an indie bookstore in Indianapolis!
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
    • I also bought this at Half Priced Books, new, but at a reduced price!
Gifted and Traded
  • Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published
  • How to Write a Book Proposal (3rd edition)
    • A massive thank you to my pastor and his wife for gifting me these awesome books for writers!
  • ((ARC)) The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • ((signed)) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 
  • One Day In December by Josie Silver
  • ((signed, sprayed edged Owlcrate edition)) Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
  • Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

This month was such a wild ride. I only personally purchased 5 of these books, but I'm quite excited about the books that I was sent this month. 

Personally Purchased
  • A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab
    • I picked this up at Joseph-Beth Booksellers Cincinnati. I was originally going to pick up Nevernight in hardcover, but they didn't have it in stock. I'm so glad that I picked this book up. I'm so obsessed with this series right now.
  • Godsgrave (Nevernight #2) by Jay Kristoff 
    • This is a signed first edition from Barnes and Noble! 
    • This month, I won a gift card from my job to B&N for the summer reading program. 
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca 
    • This is one of the books that I picked for my BOTM monthly subscription!
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
    • This is another book that I picked for my BOTM box!
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
    • I had the pleasure of going to Cincinnati for the first tour stop for Rainbow and Faith's book tour for Pumpkinheads! It was such a wonderful experience and meeting them was a dream come true! 
    • My book is SIGNED!

School Books 

Yes, I did purchase these, but not by choice. These don't count!
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Recursion by Blake Crouch
    • I actually found this book at my job's free little library! So!!!!! It basically fits in this category! I got it for freeeeee!
  • The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
    • I was sent this book through a trade! 
  • Frankly In Love by David Yoon
    • This lovely ARC was also acquired through a trade!
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
    • Another trade! My Graceling trilogy is complete!
  • Sky In The Deep (Russian edition) by Adrienne Young
    • Adrienne Young actually sent this to me! I won this awesome edition on one of her Instagram live stream!

ARCs/Review Copies
  • Dinosnores by Sandra Boynton 
    • This was sent to me by the publisher, Workman Publishing Company. It was super super cute and I definitely will be saving it for when/if I have some kid(s) of my own. 
    • This will be out on September 3!
  • House of Salt & Sorrows by Erin A. Craig 
    • My YA BOTM affiliate complimentary copy! I cannot wait to get to this book! It's so gorgeous and I just need the murder-y, mystical-ness in my life!
  • Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
    • This was sent to me from Bookish First! 
    • I'm not usually into thrillers, but this instantly caught my interest. I hope that I can get to it before its release date: September 24.
  • Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera 
    • I also acquired this via Bookish First!
    • This was originally published in 2018, but it is being published again with some rebranding! 
    • This will be released on September 17!
  • Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
    • Another Bookish First ARC! 
    • I'm so excited to dive into this before its release on October 1!
  • As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl - ARC & finished hardback
    • Penguin was so so kind and sent me an ARC & a finished copy of this lovely book. 
  • We Speak In Storms by Natalie Lund 
    • Penguin also sent me an ARC and finished copy, but I sent the finished copy along to another reviewer. 
  • Mirror Bound by Monica Sanz
    • This was kindly sent to me by Entangled Teen/Entangled Publishing!
    • Unsolicited finished copy. 
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus 
    • This was sent to me by Penguin too! I was given an ARC and finished copy, but I gifted the ARC to my best friend Courtney.
  • Ziggy Stardust & Me by James Brandon
  • Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie S. Allen 
    • This was sent to me by KCP Loft. I think my fiance is going to read it. 
    • Unsolicited finished copy.
  • The Hive by Barry Lyga, Morgan Bayden, 
    Jennifer Beals
    , & 
    Tom Jacobson
    • This was also sent to me by KCP Loft. 
    • Unsolicited finished copy.

These are all such fun books. I'm eager to get to the books I haven't read yet and I'm so glad to have the books that I have read. 

What is your favorite book that you acquired this month? I think I'm the most excited about Godsgrave, A Conjuring of Light, and Pumpkinheads!

Happy reading!
~ Liv the Book Nerd ~

Thursday, August 22, 2019

New Series I Love (AKA Big Regrets Before the First Week of Senior Year): A Darker Shade of Magic, The Raven Boys, Nevernight

Hey, guys!

This past week, I finished some really fantastic fantasy novels...all of them are the beginnings of a trilogy or quartet. They've all been on my TBR for a year + and I just didn't think through what I would do if I loved them. 

What are your bookish regrets?

I regret waiting to read these books (but I'm also really happy that I read them at the time that I did).

I also regret starting these books right before my senior year of college started. 

I'm sure you've noticed that I've sucked at posting frequently. Yes, I'm a failure...BUT!!! It's fine because I've done my best (or have I?). 

I've managed to start some really fantastic series, so here are my first impressions!

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Page Count: 448
Published On: July 5, 2016
Published By: HarperVoyager
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adult
Source: paperback - personally purchased
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 4.9 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars, and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.


trigger warnings for violence, murder, gore, slavery, child abuse, and intense subjects

This was a slow start, but once I got into this book I was HOOKED!

Nevernight follows sixteen-year-old Mia Corvere. Mia is on a mission to join the Red Church -- a religious, assassin cult/religion that worships the goddess of death and murder -- to learn their murderous ways to get revenge on the people that killed her family. Throughout the story, Mia also learns more and more about her power over the shadows. 

This book and the series seems to be fairly polarizing. You either love it or you hate it. I, for one, really loved it. The main character, Mia, is so morally grey and fascinating. 

Jay Kristoff is quickly becoming a new favorite author. Not only is he a really rad personality on his social media profiles, but he also has a fantastic writing style that I couldn't get enough of. The book has such a beautiful, dark, creepy vibe that I honestly needed in my life. This book was honestly so different from the fantasy novels that I've read before. The fact that the characters were so different and diverse, they're so sex-positive, and 

Mia's character is so wonderful and I loved to yell at her as I read. I loved how vocal she is about the things she struggles with, I love her journey to becoming a badass assassin, and her journey to get revenge on her enemies. She's just a really cool character and I cannot wait to see what she does in Godsgrave and Darkdawn. It will be a privilege to see her die (Not a spoiler. It's on the first page of NN).


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Page Count: 400
Published On: February 24, 2015
Published By: Tor Books
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adult
Source: paperback - personally purchased
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.


trigger warning for self-harm (The Antari magic system is based around blood magic. The person will cut themselves to make portals and call upon their magic.)

By the recommendation of so many book bloggers, bookstagrammers, book lovers, and readers --- I finally picked up this book. I originally picked this up some time last summer, but I really wasn't in the mood for it. To be honest, I think I've just been in a looong contemporary/romance mood for the past year. 

When I first read this book, I read the first 25% and I really liked it... I just wasn't in the mood. Picking this back up and starting over, I adored this book. It's a bit slower compared to the contemporary/romance books that I've been picking up (obviously), but that wasn't an issue. It was such a pleasure to dive into this world and get to know the characters and learn more and more about the magic that connects the four Londons. 

Kell was such a fun character, but Lila, Holland, and Rhy were such wonderful characters too. I cannot wait to learn more about them in A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light. 

While reading this book, you will be constantly infuriated and yelling at the characters. I loved every moment of this reading experience.

I definitely will be continuing this series and I absolutely recommend it.


Image result for the raven boys cover hdThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys #1)

Page Count: 409
Published On: September 18, 2012
Published By: Scholastic Press
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adult
Source: paperback - personally purchased
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them —not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore


trigger/content warning for physical abuse, PTSD, depression

Picking this up was a really random decision. I saw that Lala from BooksAndLala on YouTube was hosting a month-long readathon for the whole series, the books quickly became another batch of books on my radar. Granted, they've been on my radar for a hot minute, but not on my immediate TBR. I decided to listen to The Raven Boys via audio since I didn't like the book when I first read it. (I didn't read all of it... I DNF'd it.) However, I tried to read TRB right after I finished A Court of Mist & Fury (aka my #1 book of all time). It just wasn't the right time and it wasn't giving the book a fair shot. 

I'm really glad that I gave this book a second chance. It's been a hot minute since I enjoyed a paranormal fantasy book, and this really took the cake. I don't think I've read a book this beautifully atmospheric, mysterious, and sarcastic. It's so dark, so engaging, and so addicting. 

Back in the day (middle school/early high school), I read Stiefvater's Shiver series -- werewolves? Yes, please! --hand really enjoyed them. I've never really read any of her other work, but now I'm really eager to. Her writing is so clever, so nicely layered, and her characters are morally grey, snarky, and fun. 

I think that my favorite parts of this book are the witchy, spooky vibes, the amazing cast of characters, the layered magical system, and the snark. 

I cannot wait to read more. 


Overall, I'm not sorry that I read these books. They're fantastic, addicting, atmospheric, and I couldn't put them down. I cannot wait to continue the series and consume more from these authors. New favorites? Probably! Stay tuned for my "19 Favorite Books from 2019" blog post coming in December!

What are some of your favorite atmospheric fantasy reads? Let's chat in the comments!

Happy reading!
~ Liv the Book Nerd ~

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

{Review + Playlist} Ziggy Stardust & Me by James Brandon

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Page Count: 368
Published On: August 6, 2019
Published By: GP Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): YA, LGBT, Historical, Young Adult
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository 

My Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis

In this tender-hearted debut, set against the tumultuous backdrop of life in 1973, when homosexuality is still considered a mental illness, two boys defy all the odds and fall in love.
     The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla, is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and dead relatives, including his mother, guide him through the rough terrain of his life. In his alternate reality, Jonathan can be anything: a superhero, an astronaut, Ziggy Stardust, himself, or completely "normal" and not a boy who likes other boys. When he completes his treatments, he will be normal--at least he hopes. But before that can happen, Web stumbles into his life. Web is everything Jonathan wishes he could be: fearless, fearsome and, most importantly, not ashamed of being gay.

     Jonathan doesn't want to like brooding Web, who has secrets all his own. Jonathan wants nothing more than to be "fixed" once and for all. But he's drawn to Web anyway. Web is the first person in the real world to see Jonathan completely and think he's perfect. Web is a kind of escape Jonathan has never known. For the first time in his life, he may finally feel free enough to love and accept himself as he is.

     A poignant coming-of-age tale.


Trigger/Content warnings: alcoholism, parental death, conversion therapy, shock therapy, racism, homophobia, abuse, bullying, potential sexual assault of a minor

Hey, guys!

This book was sent to me for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. 

In 1973, homosexuality was seen as a terrible mental illness, Watergate was raging on, and Native Americans were standing up against adversity and fighting for their human rights.

Jonathan Collins is bullied, asthmatic, and extremely anxious about his mental health. To cope with all of that plus an alcoholic father, he escapes into David Bowie's hero, Ziggy Stardust and the music that guides his story. He tries to be normal, but when he meets Web, his world is turned upside down. Web is fearless, outspoken, and unapologetically gay. Everything that Jonathan wishes he could and couldn't be. 

This book was so freaking powerful. Do not go into this book thinking that it will be a fluffy and light-hearted read because it will tear out your heart and eat it for dinner. This is one of the most intense contemporary novels I've ever read and I'm so thankful for the discussions that it instigated and for how thought-provoking it was. The historical context, combined with Jonathan's poetic and stream-of-consciousness method of prose created such a colorful, yet extremely sad story. Throughout this book, there are so many mentions to Bowie's songs, his message, and the way that his music made so many feels. The fantastic musical culture from the 70s is so prevalent and wonderful. I also really loved the discussions that this book evoked surrounding the tense political happenings of the day. They're still so relevant, but it was so wonderful to see them handled so loudly and progressively (compared to the mind-sets of that society). 

The characters in this book were so compulsively lovable. I loved Jonathan's personality and I was just rooting for him for the entire book. I found myself so emotional as he struggled with the events of this book and his journey to healing and self-love. Web was such a lovely, passionate, and inspiring character that I loved to interact with. I feel like I would be really close friends with him if he weren't fictional. I love how he and Jonathan fell in love and I love how he helped Jonathan learn to love himself for who he is.  

This book is so important, and though it wasn't one of my all-time favorite books, I cannot wait to be here when the book gets all of the hype that it deserves.

James  Brandon
James Brandon produced and played the central role of Joshua in the international tour of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi for a decade, and is co-director of the documentary film based on their journey, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption. He's the co-founder of the I AM Love Campaign, an arts-based initiative bridging the faith-based and LGBTQ2+ communities, and serves on the Powwow Steering Committee for Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) in San Francisco. Brandon is a contributing writer for Huffington PostBelieve Out Loud, and Spirituality and Health MagazineZiggy, Stardust and Me is his first novel. 

You can visit James Brandon at

Happy reading!
~ Liv the Book Nerd ~