Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small: A Compelling Story, but with Heavy Content

I knew I was heading into a dark and heavy ballet book when I started, and Bright Burning Stars ended up being a very compelling read featuring some of the dark facets of dance and the slow breaking of a friendship. There are a lot of triggers, so please check out the content warnings in … Continue reading Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small: A Compelling Story, but with Heavy Content

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Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough: A Really Entertaining Lesbian Rom-Com

I had an idea of what I wanted Amelia Westlake Was Never Here to be in my mind, and the story totally ended up satisfying that! It’s such a fun concept: two girls who are polar opposites teaming up to create a hoax to expose the flaws in their private girls school! And although there … Continue reading Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough: A Really Entertaining Lesbian Rom-Com

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno: A Fresh and Fun Romantic Comedy–Set in South Florida!

I didn't read all of Don't Date Rosa Santos. But it's not what you think. The first page of each chapter was missing in my eARC, and this ended up meaning I missed out on reading like, 25 pages of the book. Oops. I didn't think it would have affected my reading so much, but … Continue reading Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno: A Fresh and Fun Romantic Comedy–Set in South Florida!

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction

I feel like The Candle and the Flame deserves so much more buzz and marketing than it currently has. It’s a great book. In the scope of all modern lit, The Candle and the Flame develops a complex story about not only Fatima Ghazala and her newfound powers, but also the entire City of Noor … Continue reading The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton: Romance, Bad Boys, and OCD

I’d heard great things about Crichton’s books and how entertaining they were, but I’d never had a chance to read any until now. When I actually began reading, I realized that my idea of this book was very different than reality. To be completely honest, I requested All Our Broken Pieces without knowing what it … Continue reading All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton: Romance, Bad Boys, and OCD

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo: A Cute & Fluffy Romance about a K-Pop Star & Paparrazzo

I love Maurene Goo’s romantic comedies, and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you need to! They’re absolutely adorable and so cute and fun and bubbly, and I love all of her heroines! So I was very excited to get a chance to read Somewhere Only We Know, and even preordered a copy for … Continue reading Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo: A Cute & Fluffy Romance about a K-Pop Star & Paparrazzo

This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagale: Had Potential, but Ended Up Being Hurtful

I had been really excited for this book. It sounded fantastic—a girl who loves filmmaking, cute romance, teenage dating! I was really excited. And then I started reading, and there were some things that I was so-so about. So I put it down for about two months, and picked it back up again closer to … Continue reading This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagale: Had Potential, but Ended Up Being Hurtful

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

Another hit from Ali, Love from A to Z is more than just a romance—it’s a story about family and friendship and kindred spirits. It’s a story about fighting back and embracing yourself. It’s a fantastic book and one I’d recommend to contemporary, romance, and contemporary romance readers alike. There were just so many things … Continue reading Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: An Emotional and Heartfelt Read feat. So Much Food!

Elizabeth Acevedo does it again. With the Fire On High is a fierce and stunning sophomore novel, full of heart, empowering females, and delicious food. I absolutely adored Acevedo’s debut in verse, The Poet X, and found With the Fire on High to be equally, if not more, stellar. There were so many things I … Continue reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: An Emotional and Heartfelt Read feat. So Much Food!