The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin (ARC): Fresh, Exciting, and Unflinchingly a Big Mood™

5 stars A clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends), The Dead Queens Club tells the story from the perspective of Annie Marck aka Cleves, a 17-year-old aspiring journalist who meets Henry at summer camp. Beingn girlfriend number four is hard, and Cleves is the only girlfriend to … Continue reading The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin (ARC): Fresh, Exciting, and Unflinchingly a Big Mood™

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A Magical Tale: Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Interview + Review + Giveaway!)

I am so so excited to bring you not just one, but two interviews this week as I talk with Joanna Ruth Meyer about Echo North, her magical sophomore novel! If you love fairytales and enchanting, atmospheric novels, and MAGICAL LIBRARIES (!!!), then you have to check out Echo North. It's all of this and more. Almost … Continue reading A Magical Tale: Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Interview + Review + Giveaway!)

Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon (DRC): A Poignant Tale of Friendship and Moving On

4.5 stars Sophie would do anything for Peter, who has been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. He’s everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. And when she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll … Continue reading Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon (DRC): A Poignant Tale of Friendship and Moving On

Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith (ARC): A Sweet Contemporary Romance

4 stars Mia's best friend Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, so Mia to take matters into her own hands and uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure the popular Vince Demetrius falls for her. Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan who seems to like her … Continue reading Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith (ARC): A Sweet Contemporary Romance

The Wicked King by Holly Black (ARC): A Bloodthirsty Sequel to a Compelling Fantasy Series (Spoiler-Free)

4 stars Holly Black's The Folk of Air series follows Jude Duarte and the palace intrigues and deceptions in Faerie. Full of lies, trickery, and dangerous alliances, this is a bloodthirsty and enchanting series that sucks you in and doesn't spit you back out. This review is spoiler-free for the whole series. 🌸 Probably should be 15+ (violence! fade to black … Continue reading The Wicked King by Holly Black (ARC): A Bloodthirsty Sequel to a Compelling Fantasy Series (Spoiler-Free)

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (ARC): Spoiler-Free Review of this Incredible Sequel

4.5 stars The Daevabad Trilogy (The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper, currently) is a sweeping adventure that conjures a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom. … Continue reading The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (ARC): Spoiler-Free Review of this Incredible Sequel

The Similars by Rebecca Hanover (DRC): Boarding Schools, Clones, and Mystery

3.5 stars When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she finds out one of them is a clone of her dead best friend. The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. But Emma couldn't care less, and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year … Continue reading The Similars by Rebecca Hanover (DRC): Boarding Schools, Clones, and Mystery

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus (ARC): A Solid Mystery, but Not as Good as One of Us Is Lying

4 stars Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town … Continue reading Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus (ARC): A Solid Mystery, but Not as Good as One of Us Is Lying

The Girl King by Mimi Yu (ARC): A Vaguely Problematic Anticipated Read

1.5 stars Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in Mimi Yu's debut, The Girl King. Content warning: rape, violence 🌸 I don't recommend anyone of any age read this, but if you have to put an age, I'd say 16+. There's no good way to say this. I've … Continue reading The Girl King by Mimi Yu (ARC): A Vaguely Problematic Anticipated Read

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (ARC): An Intriguing Concept Paired with an Unsatisfactory Execution

3 stars Rukhsana tries to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer. But when … Continue reading The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (ARC): An Intriguing Concept Paired with an Unsatisfactory Execution