Washi Tapes: What They Are & Why Everyone Should Own Them

This week we're taking a break from our regularly scheduled program, Cover Geek, for a different type of design post: a homage, you might call it, to washi tapes. But first, a little public service announcement: I'll be putting Tuesday posts (and similarly Cover Geek) on hold for a couple of weeks to a couple of months … Continue reading Washi Tapes: What They Are & Why Everyone Should Own Them

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Awesome LGBTQ+ Novels that Won’t Make You Cry

Thanks Cal @ Constant Raving Reviews for this Monday's recommendation prompt! Today, I'm going to list some of my favorite LGBTQ+ novels that won't make you sob hysterically (aka Adam Silvera isn't welcome here). These cover a range of genres, but they're all awesome reads! These are all ones that I've personally read and verified … Continue reading Awesome LGBTQ+ Novels that Won’t Make You Cry

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (DRC): The Little Mermaid–but Darker

3 stars Princess Lira is siren royalty and has been conditioned by her mother, the Sea Queen, to be ruthless and is revered across the sea. But when she kills one of her own, she is punished and transformed into a siren's hated enemy--a human. Without song, she must deliver siren hunter and prince Elian's … Continue reading To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (DRC): The Little Mermaid–but Darker

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (DRC): On Grief, Music, and Friendship

4 stars Autumn, Shay, and Logan have all lost someone close to them recently, and it's turned their lives upside down. Autumn's best friend, Tavia, was lost to a car crash. Shay's now left twinless without Sasha. Logan is left even more heartbroken before when his ex-boyfriend Bram overdosed. They were brought together by music, … Continue reading The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (DRC): On Grief, Music, and Friendship

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter: Characters to Flowers, Review, & Giveaway!

Guess where you've stopped? At the I Stop Somewhere blog tour! Ba dum bum crash (I know, I'm a real comedian). Jokes aside, this is a pretty serious novel & one that's impactful to all readers. T.E. Carter's I Stop Somewhere deals with rape culture and topics surrounding it, so if you're not comfortable with this, you … Continue reading I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter: Characters to Flowers, Review, & Giveaway!

13 Diverse Romcom Contemporaries That Will Make You Aww

I am a huge sucker for romantic comedies. In YA, I don't really like seeing full blown romances because nearly every time, they're not convincing to me. I don't know any teenagers that I immediately think "That's the couple that's truly in love. I bet they'll be married for 84 years." Sorry, but no. Which … Continue reading 13 Diverse Romcom Contemporaries That Will Make You Aww

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (DRC): Coming of Age, not Adventure

4 stars Tess has been a troublemaker at birth, ever since she shoved her way out of her mother's womb before her twin sister. She's now suffering consequences for some of her trouble-making ways, and instead of heading towards the nunnery her parents are looking into, Tess puts on her boots and journeys across the … Continue reading Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (DRC): Coming of Age, not Adventure

DRC: Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

2.5 stars Elsa lives in a world made by her mother through the scientific branch of scriptology where a person can write new worlds. But, when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must travel to the real world--historical 19th-century Italy--where she finds a secret society of young people with gifts like her … Continue reading DRC: Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare