Programming in Objective C uShred of proof and no your word is not worth crap on Twitter sorry but it s not3 The line from LOTR many have mentioned beingsed in this book has been Beyond Band of Brothers used by a dozen or fantasy or other genre books over the years I don t think you can claim that don t go where I can t follow is so iconic that it can never besed again it s a very symbolic phrase perhaps but I see no reason why this concept can t be revisited many times over in literature PS I have NOT yet read Six of Crows so parallels to it I won t be able to speak to even when I do read this one Update My favorite book of the year has a new release date You have no idea how disappointed I am to hear that this book will not be getting published People need to stop getting offended over things This is a fiction book and it was seriously my favorite so far of 2019 so I m completely heartbroken that the author felt the need to pull her book because of Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestIt s impossible to discuss this book without addressing the controversy surrounding it Basically publication was delayed and digital ARCs were pulled after some preliminary readers alleged that there were passages in this book that were according to the articles I read summarizing the issue anti black After a small but vocal minority of people decried this book either overtly or subtextually as being racist or problematic the author took it The Water Of Life upon herself to remove the book from circulation and make the necessary edits before resubmitting the bookI have a few thoughts on thisA lot of people who were talking about this book being racist hadn t actually read the ARC and were justoting the statements of the people who had My friend Alice has an original copy that she was comparing against the finished copy at the time of my reading this and the final changes aren t even that different from the original and don t even seem to be describing traits that are obviously black in my opinion Yes people of color are oppressed in this world but it seemed to me that the descriptions in the book were typical of what you might expect to see of someone who was Middle Eastern or maybe Mongolian and not someone who was black which would make sense since this is set in an alternate Russia I m honestly shocked people came at this book so hard when there are other books that are much problematic that get a free pass not saying either is right but why this book specifically Especially when nobody I saw even seemed to be considering that the PoCs might be Asian and not blackSecond people are saying that the decision to edit was the author s choice and while that is true I don t think that she would have pulled her book if she hadn t been at the epicenter of some pretty The Year of Living Biblically ugly allegations and hardcore negative feedback It s the right of people to read and interpret the book as they choose as readers but I also think it s foolish to suggest that this was an isolated event influenced solely by the author s agency and the controversy surrounding the book had no influence on her decision Should she have pulled it I personally don t think so There s always going to be controversy and if I as an author pulled one of my books every time someone found something problematic in them I d have no active books available for purchase That said I ve also pulled some of my books from publication because I felt like I couldn t really stand behind theirality as an author so it s possible that the feedback did make Zhao second guess herself and want to do betterAnyway let s get into the book BLOOD HEIR is like many books
coming out these days set in a world where magic is suppressed out these days set in a world where magic is suppressed forbidden with an autocratic kingdom rife with corruption There s a hint of Avatar The Last Airbender in here in that different Affinites have different abilities and some of them are feared or reviled than others The heroine Ana is one of these she s a blood Affinite and can possess people s bodies and rip them open from the inside out She s hardcoreBLOOD HEIR is also a dark retelling of the Anastasia fairytale I m calling it a fairytale because the story we know and love has been debunked they found bones that were a DNA match for the princess thus putting an end to the parade of hopefuls Ana s father was murdered and Ana herself was framed for it She s on a est to nmask the real culprit save her brother and her kingdom and exonerate herself in the process But it isn t that simple as she finds out when the man she visits in jail for information turns out to be a snake of a con artist who is than happy to throw her nder the bus Enter Ramson the morally grey hero who has a dubious past of his ownBLOOD HEIR "is so dark and has actual stakes there "so dark and has actual stakes There some truly chilling scenes in here and they re all beautifully written Until about 70% of the story this moves at a break neck pace Then it hits a slow point but recovers in the end which opens the door to a seuel in which I m sure Ana will have to come to terms not just with her powers but also some new and daunting responsibilities BLOOD HEIR is actually a lot like how I had expected books like CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE and THRONE OF GLASS to be only I thought both of those sucked whereas this one was awesomeThis is how you write about oppressed magic and have a morally grey but kick ass main protagonist who gets shit done and also has a bit of romance on the side but doesn t let herself get distracted by it Ana would certainly never look at a bag of candy left for her by a stranger and think OH BOY YUMMERS without stopping to ask herself where it came from stares hard at CelaenaIf you were put off by the controversy don t be This is pretty typical
ya fantasy farefantasy fare a little darker than most but engaging and well written with a heroine who doesn t suck and has to make some pretty miserable choices over the arc of her character development I liked it Thanks to Netgalleythe publisher for the review copy 35 to 4 stars. That threatens the very balance of her world And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core Ramson icktongueA cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian nderworld Ramson has sinister plans though he might have met his match in Ana Because in this story the princess might be the most dangerous player of al. My identity that I have recently Get out of my country communist is only one of the slurs I ve had screamed at me from across the street What I ve experienced personally and seen across social media outlets and national television broadcasts has all amounted to a hyperawareness of my foreignness my Otherness and the possibility that because I am different I am not worthy of belongingBlood Heir explores the demonization of the Other and this experience of not belonging Ana s journey examines how one can internalize hatred and fear how that can warp one s core and turn it into something cruel and twisted But ltimately her story is one of self acceptance and of the realization that we cannot change who we are nor what we are born with but we can choose what we do with what we are given And like me Ana chooses to fight for a better tomorrowSo I gave magic to my girls who were told they were monsters I gave my children of color the ability to fight oppression Because in a world where there is so little I can control I want to put hope and power in their hands for once and in a world where those deemed different are often cast out and made to be monsters I want them to winThank you for readingAm lie Wen Zhao You focused on the battle and lost sight of the war The first three chapters were a solid 5 stars everything after felt like reading a completely different book This was not it EDIT Another November 19th 2019 publish What s going on However seeing that the author most likely rewrote parts of the book I m a bit hesitant to read it It almost feels like self censoring I m very conflicted about this My hopes right now I really need a review from someone who had a chance to read the first version EDIT I made the mistake that I went back to Twitter to have a look what s new I should not have done that They are trying to turn this all around and make the two authors who tried to destroy Zhao you know fair competition the victims in this Let me tell you they are not the victims They started this without reading this book Just disclaimer I absolutely disagree if anyone is threatening them That is a wrong thing to do Take the high road in this Say why you disagree with what they did you can get angry I m still angry pledge to never read anything from them DO NOT RATE their books without reading Be better than that but certainly do not attack themOriginal Let me tell you I was excited about this book I still am and I hope it will be published one day Because even if the author did some wrong in the way she wrote about certain things I would like to see it for myself and create my own opinion The only good outcome of this controversy is that I ve spent hours reading about slavery in Asia and slavery in the 21st century And let me tell you we need to talk about this issue I wanted to write a nice summary of why I think that the backlash against this author and her npublished book but I cannot do it without my emotions running high If you want to read I suggest reading this review From Mary S R I think it s absolutely spot on And I could not do a better jobOr if you would like to watch a video I recommend this one by Francina Simone She did a wonderful job with that videoAnd now I have only one thing to say Only a few people read this book and the majority of the backlash came after people read some outtakes written in a review Let me tell you if you go and take only part from almost any book you can create a controversy You are judging it without seeing the
whole picture without reading how the author addressed those scenes You knowpicture without reading how the author addressed those scenes You know those scenes were the moment when the MC realised the system was wrong Maybe not But we do not know And now it seems like we won t find out 30 Apr 2019Ladies and gentlemen it s been confirmed BLOOD HEIR WILL BE PUBLISHED This is not a drill I repeat this is not a drill Blood Heir will be out November 19th 2019To the haters I sayAccording to New York Times this is why and how Zhao finally decided to go ahead with publishing Blood Heir if you want to know why it was cancelled scroll down to the Jan 31 pdate Zhao reread her book several times examining the plot and characters to see if the critics were right She decided they weren tIn March Zhao called her editor at Delacorte Press and told her that she wanted to Added to post April 30 2019GOOD NEWS Zhao is publishing Blood Heir AS IS in November Added to post Jan 31 2019Show your support for publication by purchasing a pre sale copy of Blood Heir from your countries primary bookseller Added to post late Jan 30 2019Added since author Amelie pulled her book from publishing Folks this is just mob style bullying The book is fantasy not non fiction or even historical fiction The book might as well be banned burned or censored I cannot believe that some people s opinions have persuaded the writer to pull the novel Not only that but Blood Heir was being published by Random House for goodness sake It s not like it hasn t been edited proofed etc Saying that authors can t kill off minority characters or touch on certain subject is absurd Creativity should be about freedom of art in any form as the creator chooses Social media is out of control and this is a sad day for publishing and free speech Posted afternoon of Jan 30 2019Yes I have an eARC Usually I don t read books months before they are published however due to controversy s I may make an exception here and read this very soon Three things to say in advance 1 many people are pset that a young black girl dies in this story Is this to say we can never have a minority killed off ever again Cause that seems wrong2 The "is zero zero proof that the writer is "zero ZERO proof that the writer is capping or listing reviewers who give her poor reviews The rumour is based one on twitter post by some random chick who won t give provide any sources That s not journalism folks It s just flat out ridiculous rumour Don t accuse someone if you don t have at least Is murdered her world is shattered Framed as his killer Ana must flee the palace to save her life And to clear her name she must find her father’s murderer on her own But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew Corruption rules the land and a greater conspiracy is at work one. .
This book was so damn good If a friend has a physical copy of the arc before the author was bullied message me I want the original The book had some major sad parts in it I m looking forward to the next book Mel RANT BELOW ABOUT THE ASSHOLES THAT GOT THOS BOOK SHUT DOWN FOR A BITUPDATE This was not the day to get this email about my pre order being void And don t preach on my post or you will be deleted I ve put p with enough bullshit in my 40 years It will be back to happy days when I read another great book I guess I should have stayed on Netgalley so I could have read this I have been wanting this book sooo bad but some assholes bullied the author into pulling her bookThis is a free fg country people I would like to decide for myself whether I might like a book or not I have read plenty of books with slurs rapes genocide etc etc etc Do you see that shit pulled No As well it shouldn t So thank you to all the bastards that can t get a life and ruin things for other people Oh and you all can kiss my ass PS If you don t like this post then The Bartender unfriend me you wouldn t be any different than the dickhead boys and girls that dropped my friendship while I was out battling cancer Yeah you big wigs on GR that I would LOVE to call out for yourncaring asses but I won t I have better things to do I m sorry to the author and I hope you change your mind And I m sorry for anyone out there that might be trying to tell their story and it gets pulled as well PSS I hope I find hundreds of likes on this post to show we don t tolerate bullying in any way shape or form We all had the right to rate this book from dnf to 5 stars Just think about that Glad I don t have Twitter wish that shit would shut down too Signed Royally Pissed Omg I keep finding beautiful cover They dare to be so pretty I pre ordered it too Mel The author has confirmed that Blood Heir will publish November 19 2019 Another fast pacing mostly entertaining dual POVed full of action heart throbbing dark debut trilogy s first book is consumed and the first time hero between antihero kind of cunning con man stole the show and I loved everything about Ransom Tono Bungay uicktongue I m not sure about his nickname too many times it gave me hard laughs maybe I drank so much Moscato or charmed too much for expecting memorable last name for this character I found myself pray for reading this character s own book reminding me of straight version of Jack Sparrow who doesn t apply eye liner meets OUAT s Captain Killian Hook Irish charm Colin O Donoghue meets Rusty Ryan Brad Pitt s Ocean s Eleven character because both cute boys are blond The story takes place in the Cyrilian Empire where the Affinities started revealing and are considered as threat because if they don t control their supernatural powers they may bring massacre and bloody death to their land Andnfortunately our crown princess Anactacya Mikhailov has the most dangerous Blood Affainity which forces to hide herself behind the palace walls living in the shadows When her father has killed
and she was convicted as his murderer entire situation has been changed She runs away from hershe was convicted as his murderer entire situation has been changed She runs away from her and she is determined to find the killer who did this to her father and clear her name which makes her become a partners in crime with a dangerous con man Ransom Magical Sweet Mermaid uicktongue Yay we met againSo get ready for the adventure and readniue exciting riveting retelling of AnastasiaWhat I liked about this bookRansom Ransom Ransom Ransom Ransom Ransom Ransom Okay I need to stop it right now But I m so sure I m all set to pay some ransom to read adventures of this flirty con manDisturbing affainity trafficking parts the "Kidnapped Or Forcedly Taken People "or forcedly taken people exhibitions to their buyers as if they re cage animals are one of the heart wrenching parts of the book which is also the reflection the illegal human trafficking industry generates 150 billion in the present timeuick tempo mystery and fast action parts always keep your attention alive and you want to read biting year nails and hands and finally entire armHere is my so way too much intrigued photo when I m reading Ransom s partsWhat I not so liked about itAna is not my favorite heroine I didn t like her but I didn t hate her either Maybe she is overshadowed by Ransom and became a murderer when she was so young and left alone in the dark without knowing how to se her powers and how to relate with people She is so temperamental a little na ve confused lost but also powerful and dangerous I think at the seuels we may witness her changing growing so we can decide about her definite characteristic attributesForeseeable not too surprising turns and twists Yes You may imagine most of them but they are still okayI took several breaks from my reading because my mission was finding what the hell happened to me during the last mercury retrograde in Scorpio At my breaks I resumed my reserachOVERALL Ending is satisfying and I loved Ransom I forgot to tell you right oh silly me and as a couple I loved Ana and his connection This entertaining fast paced story gave me delightful time so yes I want and I m gonna read the other books happily and voluntarily I hope we don t have to wait too long Update So the cover is live Andddd it s time for me to hide and never come on Goodreads again Just kidding Sort ofI
WANTED TO SHARE THE DEAR READERto share the Dear Reader that we included in the ARCs Advanced Reader Copies of BLOOD HEIR It touches pon why I wrote BLOOD HEIR and who I wrote it forDear ReaderFour years ago I began writing a story about a corrupt empire steeped in winter filled with morally gray con men deadly assassins twisted villains and above all a girl named Anastacya who has the power to manipulate blood and who believes she is a monsterIt took me two years to realize that the monster in the story is meI am an immigrant I am a woman of color And I am an Other In my time in the United States I have never experienced the sense of crushing fear about. In the Cyrilian Empire Affinites are reviled Their varied gifts to control the world around them are nnatural dangerous And Anastacya Mikhailov the crown princess has a terrifying secret Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls When Ana’s father the emperor.