People Like Us by Dana Mele: Mean Girls–but More Murderous and Queer

3.5 stars Kay Donovan's past is behind her as she's reinvented herself at her new private school as a star soccer player and one of the popular girls. At least, that's until a girl's body is found in the lake, and her carefully constructed life begins to topple when Kay begins to get involved, both … Continue reading People Like Us by Dana Mele: Mean Girls–but More Murderous and Queer

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Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis (DRC): An Addictive Read with a Refreshingly Honest Narrator

4 stars Tiffany Sly just lost her mom to cancer, and now she finds out she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known, which is the icing on sixteen-year-old Tiffany's cake. Not. Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and a bunch of rules … Continue reading Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis (DRC): An Addictive Read with a Refreshingly Honest Narrator

Tips and Tricks for Getting More ARCs at Book Con & What an Haul Looks Like (2018)

I preemptively apologize for how US centric this post is, but also I'm the type of person who likes to torture myself reading about cons I could never go to and plan trips that will never happen (aka me watching the ALA posts last weekend) and I thought I'd never make it to BookCon, but … Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Getting More ARCs at Book Con & What an Haul Looks Like (2018)

Your Destination Is on the Left by Lauren Spieller Blog Tour

Your destination is most certainly not on the left. Why? Because you're exactly where you need to be! Congrats, you've arrived at your destination: my stop on the blog tour for Lauren Spieller's wonderful debut, Your Destination Is on the Left! Make sure to park your RV, clean it of bugs, and get rid of … Continue reading Your Destination Is on the Left by Lauren Spieller Blog Tour

Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (DRC): When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going

4.5 stars It didn't take long for Emmett Atwater to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one. Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world, trying to extract enough nyxia to satisfy … Continue reading Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (DRC): When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going

More than 45 Books, Oh My!: April & May 2018 Book Haul

Y'know, I've been putting off this post for a while now because of the big glaring question: "Vicky, isn't this post just a little bit hypocritical of you?" Yes and no. Yes because making large book hauls a standard is generally harmful & continues to perpetuate the American standard of owning physical books. You don't … Continue reading More than 45 Books, Oh My!: April & May 2018 Book Haul

Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberly

4.5 stars All of Megan Harper's exes find their one true love right after dating her. It's not a curse, or anything, it's just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement … Continue reading Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberly

A Fierce Tale of Magic, Family, and Power: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

4.5 stars Orïsha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie Adebola’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. A ruthless king ordered all the maji to be killed, leaving Zélie and her people missing both loved ones and hope. But when the change to bring … Continue reading A Fierce Tale of Magic, Family, and Power: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi