Caster is one of those books that only gets better as you continue reading. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew there was magic, fights, and gangs in this story, and I was all in. And Chapman really pulled through in bringing an engaging and extremely entertaining thriller featuring a giant web of … Continue reading Caster by Elsie Chapman: A Thriller feat. Dangerous Magic Games, Diasporic Subthemes, & Gangs
Mary H.K. Choi's Permanent Record is not a love story. It's a coming of age story. Choi's writing style is refreshing and extremely appealing to an infrequently catered to market. It's labeled as YA by Simon and Schuster (14+), but I think the people who will enjoy and relate to this the most are college … Continue reading Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi: A Relatable and Modern Contemporary feat. 20 year-old Characters
I am just. Wow. This was terrible and heartbreaking and ten levels of crushing, but it was also . . . pretty perfect for this series. It’s the type of book that makes me want to write fanfiction. I just need more of these characters, this world, this story. Even though it’s a perfect ending, … Continue reading Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan: A Heartbreaking but Perfect Ending (spoiler-free)
Today I'm really excited to be chatting with Katya de Becerra about her 2020 release Oasis! If you don't remember, Katya released What the Woods Keep back in 2018--a genre-bending dark fantasy/sci-fi/contemporary mystery thriller with paranormal elements, and I absolutely adored the genre twisting! (You can read my review here!) And next year, she has … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Katya de Becerra on Oasis (+INTL Giveaway!)
Today's post is something really fun and silly and I really hope you enjoy because I haven't posted a recommendation post in like . . . two months. (Admittedly, I haven't posted many non-review non-Writer Wednesday posts in two months either, but hopefully that will change soon once I get settled in college!) So, today … Continue reading YA Book Recommendations based on EmojiMashupBot Emojis!
I knew this was going to be good, but I didn't expect such a unique and individual story about identity. Color Me In revolves around Neveah who is a biracial Black and Jewish fifteen year old girl who's trying to understand her identity, how she fits in the world, and deal with her parent's divorce … Continue reading Color Me In by Natasha Diaz: An Honest Coming-of-Age Story of a White-Passing Teen
I loved reading Outrun the Moon, and can’t believe Stacey Lee managed to outdo herself with another stunning novel. The Downstairs Girl is an immediate new favorite and I absolutely adore not only the entire story, but Jo Kuan herself and her innate spunk. From Jo to her questions about her past to Lee’s intricate … Continue reading The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta
I loved reading Priemaza's debut Kat and Meg Conquer the World back in 2017 and have been anxiously waiting for Fan the Flame. And wow--Priemaza brings all the geeky goodness with some familiar names (remember LumberLegs?) but fresh new stories. We have three protagonists and they're at a gaming convention, and throughout the story, each … Continue reading Fan the Fame by Anna Priemaza: A Geeky Story of Discovery feat. Modern Activism Subtext
If you didn't see, I did something a little wacky and hypothetical and fun on Twitter by asking y'all to answer questions on what y'all would want in an imaginary book box. You had no control over which specific item or fandoms, only control over what you thought might be the item or fandom. And … Continue reading Build Your Own Book Box Wrap-Up: How Did the August Box Turn Out?
I was definitely wowed by the pretty cover, and am honestly super sad I decided to DNF (Did Not Finish) this. I’m hoping to pick it up at a later date, but given how I have to be ruthless with what I read before I leave for college, it means House of Salt and Sorrows … Continue reading DNF Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, an Interesting Concept, but Not For Me