Blog Tour Stop: The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French

I don’t really read anything to do with politics, but this book was quiet interesting. A high school student who is accused of hacking an election against a boy who is running (which she was on his team), decides to fight back by running against him.

Synopsis

In 2025, the “youthification” of democracy has inspired younger candidates to challenge the ineffective and hypocritical gray-hairs in Congress. Running for student body president at an Indiana high school, political novice Brit Kitridge takes on incumbent Matthew Boltanski, who, with help from a mystery backer, already has his eyes on Washington. Brit gains courage and insights from a wise history teacher on how to win, but ultimately finds a maze of deceit and corruption in her school. Is exposing the truth enough to win the election?

I love any book with a girl who is a bad***, who has no fear, and will stand up for what they believe in. This book definitely showed this with Brit. She was kicked out of a running team because she was accused of hacking, runs against the popular boy in school for revenge, and finds deep, dark secrets of both the boy and his friend.

But, the more I read it, the more I started seeing today’s problem. I don’t really like anything politics, so I kept it in my mind that this is a book for the young adult, and to inspire girls to be strong, and to stand up for what they believe in, and no one can tell them they cannot do it.

I give the book five stars. Because I was a teenager (long ago), and I am raising my little to be a strong and independent woman. This is definitely the book for the girls who strive to be the best.

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The Old Dragon’s Head by Justin Newland

Published October 2018

From the author of Genes of Isis, Justin Newland, has wowed me yet again. The Old Dragon’s Head was written beautifully, and captivated me from the first sentence.

Synopsis

Constructed of stone and packed earth, the Great Wall of 10,000 li protects China’s northern borders from the threat of Mongol incursion. The wall is also home to a supernatural beast: the Old Dragon. The Old Dragon’s Head is the most easterly point of the wall, where it finally meets the sea.

In every era, a Dragon Master is born. Endowed with the powers of Heaven, only he can summon the Old Dragon so long as he possess the dragon pearl.

It’s the year 1400, and neither the Old Dragon, the dragon pearl, nor the Dragon Master, has been seen for twenty years. Bolin, a young man working on the Old Dragon’s Head, suffers visions of ghosts. Folk believe he has yin-yang eyes and other paranormal fights. When Bolin’s fief lord, the Prince of Yan, rebels against his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor, a bitter war of succession ensues in which the Mongols hold the balance of power. While the victor might win the battle on earth, China’s Dragon Throne can only be earned with a Mandate from heaven – and the support of the Old Dragon.

Bolin embarks on a journey of self-discovery, mirroring Old China’s endeavor to come of age. When Bolin accepts his destiny as the Dragon Master, Heaven sends a third coming of age – for humanity itself. But are any of them ready for what is rising in the east?

I have never read a book such as this before. It kept my attention from the first sentence, and I could not put down my iPad. I love the way Justin writes, and he never fails to amaze me.

I give The Old Dragon’s Head 5 stars. The characters, the setting, the accuracy, everything, was amazing.

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