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
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!
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
5 stars, all the love... In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology thrusts him into the magical elite. As the son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his … Continue reading The Fever King by Victoria Lee: A Highly-Entertaining FantaSci Novel feat. SO MANY CHARACTERS I LOVE
4 stars A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them. Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty … Continue reading Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte: A Murder Mystery that Will Keep You On Your Toes till the Very End!
4 stars Daniela Vargas is the Medio School for Girl's top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station, and Dani must keep this hidden now that her marriage … Continue reading We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia: An Enemies to Lover F/F Romance in a World Full of Turmoil
4 stars When physics genius Bellamy is admitted to MIT, her good fortune takes a bad turn when she learns that the student loan she'd been counting on is denied since her estranged father--one Robert Foster--is loaded. However, Bellamy's friends aren't going to let Bellamy's dreams be squashed by a deadbeat billionaire, so they hatch a … Continue reading Immoral Code by Lillian Clark: Hackers, Friend Groups, and Billionaires!
3.5 stars After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. But when Mira meets royal bastard Josse de Bourbon after the Shadow … Continue reading An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley: Murder Scandals, Poisons, and France!
3 stars Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to their mommy blogging mother. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "Just Claire"? And when Claire discovers her Mom's old journals, she discovers hidden secrets about … Continue reading Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell: Falling in Love Under the Spotlight
4.5 stars Emotionally moving, steeped with history, and full of meaning, Hanna Alkaf's The Weight of Our Sky is set during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Melati Ahmad looks like your typical Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old, but she believes she harbors a djinn inside her--one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s … Continue reading The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A Stunning and Emotionally Charged Historical Debut