I knew two things going into this: That it was inspired by the Odyssey, and that it was about a girl who crossed an ocean. I knew a little more, obviously, but those were the main defining features of The Beholder to me, pre-reading. After-reading, however, I feel like I’m being pulled apart in two … Continue reading The Beholder by Anna Bright: Great Story, Nonsensical Worldbuilding
Today I'm so excited to bring to you two reviews in one (double the trouble!) with my thoughts on both Hafsah Faizal's YA fantasy debut, We Hunt the Flame, and Uzma Jalaluddin's adult romance, Ayesha at Last! Both are by Muslim authors--although Faizal's is inspired by Ancient Arabia, not Islam--so it's fitting I smoosh them … Continue reading Double Review: We Hunt the Flame + Ayesha At Last
I'm super blessed to be able to read a lot of the books I'm excited for as ARCs, but These Witches Don't Burn is one of those titles that I did not get to read as an ARC, but you bet I'm picking up next month! I'm so so ready. I've been ready for so … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Isabel Sterling on These Witches Don’t Burn (+INTL Giveaway!)
I'm totally a "read & support queer books all year round" supporter, but I love how Pride Month is an extra oomph of celebration! (Unless you only celebrate queerness in June. Then I side-eye you.) So, in preparation for Pride Month, I have five underrated queer recommendations for you--in an If You Liked . . … Continue reading If You Liked . . . #16: Underrated Queer Novels
I knew I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t realize I would end up loving this that much. It was just so well developed on so many fronts, and I can’t help but be in love with every bit of this book. From its social activism, to developing CJ’s relationships, to really … Continue reading This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy
I'm really excited to share this mega post with y'all today, with not only an interview with Danika about Switchback, her upcoming survival story YA novel, but also an INTL giveaway and my own review! Switchback is such a cool novel and I really really enjoyed it. It's something I think a lot of younger … Continue reading Switchback by Danika Stone: Author Interview, INTL Giveaway, & My Thoughts!
I’ve been Procrastinating™ this badly, but IT’S TIME TO SCREAM, Y’ALL. Not only is this book a wonderful addition to YA mystery/thriller/horror (see, screams above) but it’s also just so damn good? Like, this book sent me to my grave, so I could become a ghost and hang out with Lexi. SO GOOD. From angry … Continue reading Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist: Ghosts, Murder Mysteries, & Angry Queer Girls
I've been busy with graduation & family in town, but I'd be super remiss if I didn't shout out this incredible book! The first thing I did when I had free time was write this post, and for good reason! Even if I don't have my review up, Missing, Presumed Dead is amazing. I finished … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Emma Berquist on Missing, Presumed Dead (+INTL Giveaway!)
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
Sometimes when I talk on Twitter (or even this blog!) I get questions about the abbreviations I use, so I thought I'd make this list to help newbie bloggers & book community members get acquainted with some of the terminology! It'd be a total pain typing out the words "Young Adult" every time I write … Continue reading Bookish Acronyms 101: A Book Community Beginner’s Guide to the Lingo!