Cutting Ties

As many may have seen on Twitter, the tour company, FFBC (Flying Fantastic Book Club), has recently made racists remarks, attacked a POC reviewer who called them out, and then posted private information about said reviewer as retaliation. While they brushed the remarks off as “ignorance” and claimed to educate themselves (also claiming the issue had been resolved) – their recent actions have proven there is no allyship within this company and that they are not a company to work with.

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I do not support or condone racists remarks or actions and therefore have cut ties with this company.

Nor do I support or condone sharing private, personal information as a retaliation or attack against anyone or in general.

FFBC has also claimed on Twitter they will sue anyone who has participated in “defamation” and will take legal action against anyone who has spoken out against them. Which of course they then deleted, trying to cover their tracks. I do not feel comfortable working with a company who participates in hurting POC content creators, then threatens them when they speak out, and refuses to accept the harm they have caused.

These actions are despicable and unacceptable. I will no longer be affiliated with this company or any similar company or persons.

I previously participated in their The Boundless blog tour before this situation occurred and was scheduled to participate in their tour for A Wicked Magic and Splinters of Scarlett. I have already emailed FFBC informing them I would not be participating in these tours.

I will still be reviewing these books and promoting them on my Twitter and blog to support the book and the author.

I encourage anyone who is still in partnership with this company to cut ties.  I will no longer be working with this company and encourage others not to work with them as well. 

 

Update: My Absence

I have never been in that bad of a reading/writing slump before. It felt like trying to put down words or pick them up was an unbearable challenge. Normally, I’m fairly consistent with my reading and writing, but two weeks ago we had to unexpectedly put my dog down. It was awful. He was only 5 years old and he was my best friend. To have to put him down threw me off and I still search for him every morning, looking to see if he’s sitting on the floor beneath my seat at breakfast. I’ve never lost a pet as an “adult” before and it hurts.

To top it off, a friend of mine died last month unexpectedly as well. While I’ve had more time to process that, it still feels unreal. To have two deaths in the span of two months is something my brain still can’t comprehend properly, but I’m trying.

So while I apologize for my failure to post or read, I know it’s an acceptable thing. And I’m aware it’s not something I need to apologize for. But I feel like I should anyways so, I’m sorry.

Thankfully, as I relearn aspects of my familiar life, I’m starting to feel like I can read and write again. I hope this will help me through this time as I continue to process everything, or at least give me a false sense of “everything is ok”. I managed to read the entirety of A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer last night which feels like a huge success!

So until I can smash my fingers on the keyboard and put out another post, thank you for sticking with me. And if anyone is going through a similar experience, please don’t hesitate to reach out. It can be hard but it gets easier over time.

While this isn’t much of anything I did want to update on my absence and failure to post. I hope to be back to posting like normal soon.

Thank you for your support!

The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee is a not so classic murder mystery novel.
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We are introduced to the characters by the ending – someone falls off the top of the thousandth floor of the Tower to their death. McGee uses multiple points of view to explain what happened and how this person died, while also allowing the reader to guess the possible victim. As we are pulled into New York City a hundred years in the future, it is revealed that the area that used to be central park now inhabits a thousand floor tower, called the Tower. This tower has everything for its occupants, including schools, spas, clubs, shopping centers, apartments, and more. And it’s the location of a horrible murder.
We follow our main characters: Avery, Leda, Eris, Rylin, and Watt – all occupants of the Tower and all possible victims. As we learn more about their lives, and how they’re all connected, we learn that things aren’t always as they seem. Each of them are keeping secrets and putting their reputation, and life, at risk.
“Nothing mattered except this moment. She felt invincible, untouchable, like she would be this way forever: young and dancing and electric and alive.” – The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
When I read the first chapter that was it. I was sucked in. I wanted to know who died and how and I couldn’t avoid picking this book up. Every chance I had to read what happened, I did. When I realized it was multiple points of view, five to be exact, I was afraid I was going to get lost or confused. Surprisingly, not only did I not get lost, but the multiple POVs worked really well for the story! I like how they added a sense of mystery and also allowed the reader to get to know the different characters better, without being able to guess who dies until the last minute.
I also enjoyed the plot and character arcs from beginning to end – I think sometimes authors have an issue keeping track of characters and making sure they all experience a solid arc, but McGee seems to breeze through this like no problem. All of her characters have their own fleshed out subplots and their character arcs are not only complete, but engaging. I wanted to find out what happened next with every page turn and new clue.
Some of my favorite things about the book are figuring out, or trying to, on how all of these characters are related at first. When I originally started reading it I was unsure how all of these characters knew each other and their role in the murder, but as the book goes on, those fears are subdued. Another thing I really liked about the book was the advanced technology that McGee incorporates into their society. Their high tech not only seems cool (I totally need it!) but makes sense. Any gadgets that she mentions in the book have a logical purpose and sound like devices that could actually work in the future!
Overall, I didn’t have any dislikes or things I would change about the book, except maybe the ending. I think McGee wrote an amazing murder mystery using multiple POVs and pulled it off stunningly!
I would give this book a Image result for star image Image result for star imageImage result for star image Image result for star imageImage result for star image review for the amazing plot, intriguing characters, and for pulling it off in an intricate and exciting way.
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If you like murder mysteries with multiple POVs, I would recommend Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte which is out in February 2019!