4 stars Ari has lived her life on the run as an illegal immigrant from Ketch. She and her brother Kay have laid low after their moms were taken by the Mercer Corporation—a corporation that practically rules the entire galaxy. But, when Ari and Kay land on Old Earth while on the run from Mercer … Continue reading Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy: An Underhyped, Genderbent King Arthur Retelling in Space!
3 stars Robin of Locksley is dead. Marian, his intended, is lost without him and grieving at the news. Yet, she is jolted out of her grief upon the discovery that her maid’s brother, Will, is being hunted by the law. Determined to do what Robin would want, Marian goes out to the woods to … Continue reading Sherwood by Meagan Spooner: A Slower, Gender-Bent Robin Hood Retelling feat. a Surprising Romance
5 stars Babe Vogel loves the town of Oar’s Rest—she’s grown up here all her life with her best friends Penny and Chad, loves her job at the café The Busy Bean, and can’t imagine anywhere she’d rather be. But in the summer after graduation, everything is changing. Not only have Penny and Chad broken … Continue reading Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale: A Sweet Summer Romance feat. So. Many. Baked Goods
4 stars Ryann knows all about tough love, and upon meeting the standoffish Alexandria, she sets her sights on getting Alexandria to open up and letting Alexandria into her friend group. But there's more to Alexandria that meets the eye, and when Ryann discovers that Alexandria is the daughter of an astronaut who went on … Continue reading The Weight of The Stars by K. Ancrum: A Story of a Girl who Dreams of the Stars
4.5 stars Layla Amin and her parents marked themselves as Muslim on the U.S. census, despite watching hatred against Muslims grow in the community and word around them. Now, Layla and her family have been forced to leave their homes and live in an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens, under the rule of a harsh … Continue reading Internment by Samira Ahmed: A Powerful Look at a Potential Future if Islamophobia Persists
3.5 stars Rhea Rhavenna knows of things that don't actually exist. A wood at her backyard. A boy in the darkness of the attic. And when the boy speaks to her, she agrees to play his game. Which leads Rhea to discover something far greater than the life she's known with her family. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees: A Spooky Fantasy Filled With Witches, Woods, and Magic Galore!
4.5 stars Jason, Lingyi, and their friends might have scared Jin Corp away from Taipei, but now Jin has his sights set on Shanghai. When Lingyi's friend Jany, an engineer of a new, better filtration system, dies by Jin's hand in order for Jin Corp to sell the filters only to the wealthiest of citizens, … Continue reading Ruse by Cindy Pon: A Thrilling, Heist-Filled Sequel to Want (Want Spoilers Ahead!)
3.5 stars Joanna has been waiting her whole life to travel as a pilot with her family to colonize another planet after Earth has steadily broken down. But, when complications arrive and their ship The Pioneer is in an accident, killing Joanna's brother, she is changed for their journey to a new world. She is … Continue reading The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler: An Otherworldly Novel on Alien Planets and Colonialism
3 stars I've never read a book by either Cast, so I jumped into reading The Dysasters with little background on the authorial style (although, my mother has read one of their past series and enjoyed it!). I thought the concept was cool--I always dig a story about superpowered teens, and the execution was pretty good. … Continue reading The Dysasters by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast: Superpowered Teens and Natural Disasters! (+Giveaway!)
Hey y'all! I'm so excited to chat about a quieter release from this month, Heather Smith's Chicken Girl! This book may sound a bit wild in concept, but it touches on a lot of realistic themes in YA, and Poppy is a really strong character given everything that she's gone through. But I don't want … Continue reading Chicken Girl by Heather Smith: Siblings, Wordplay, and Chicken Suits!