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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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 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

Strange Days by Constantine Singer: The First 5 Things You Should Do If Aliens Murder Your Parents (Blog Tour)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Constantine J. Singer's science fiction debut, Strange Days! If you didn't know already, this has been one of my most anticipated releases of December ever since I heard about it in early 2018. The concept just really grabbed at me, and if you're a fan of … Continue reading Strange Days by Constantine Singer: The First 5 Things You Should Do If Aliens Murder Your Parents (Blog Tour)

The Disasters by M.K. England: A Light, Fun Space Adventure You Don’t Want to Miss!

4.5 stars Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than a day. But his one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three … Continue reading The Disasters by M.K. England: A Light, Fun Space Adventure You Don’t Want to Miss!

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: A Lyrical, Impactful Debut

4.5 stars Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. She has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking, but she still has lots to say and pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook. This becomes even more important after she … Continue reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: A Lyrical, Impactful Debut

Amber & Dusk: A Magical Tale of Courtly Intrigue (+Giveaway!)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Amber & Dusk! If you're looking for a fantasy novel filled with magic and courts and royalty, then you'll definitely want to check this one out! It centers around Sylvie who is heading towards her birthright. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called … Continue reading Amber & Dusk: A Magical Tale of Courtly Intrigue (+Giveaway!)

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (ARC): A Lush and Rich Fanatasy You’ll Fall in Love With

4.5 stars Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most cruel. But this year, there's a ninth. Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village … Continue reading Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (ARC): A Lush and Rich Fanatasy You’ll Fall in Love With

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (DRC): An “After” Type of Fantasy Deeply Rooted in Its Complex Characters

4.5 stars Five years ago during air strikes in London, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were transported to the Woodlands--a magical forest kingdom in another realm filled with creatures out of myth and legend and a temporary refuge, as well as its own type of strife. When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at … Continue reading The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (DRC): An “After” Type of Fantasy Deeply Rooted in Its Complex Characters