Sadie by Courtney Summers (ARC): A Dark and Twisting Thriller with a Unique Format

4.5 stars Raising her little sister Mattie alone hasn't been easy on Sadie, especially in a small town where everyone's focused on keeping their heads above water. Yet, when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's whole world crumbles and she's determined to bring her sister's killer to justice after the police have proven useless. Sadie hits … Continue reading Sadie by Courtney Summers (ARC): A Dark and Twisting Thriller with a Unique Format

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Murder? No Biggie!: The Desensitization of Murder in Young Adult Literature

Death. Destruction. MURDER. It's all just a day's work...right? WRONG. Murder & violence in young adult fiction is something that's becoming increasingly more common (especially as characters in books become more and more mature yet remain the same age--another post on this next month), but it seems to shock readers less and less. Yet, as … Continue reading Murder? No Biggie!: The Desensitization of Murder in Young Adult Literature

You’ll Remember September’s Amazing Book Releases: Most Anticipated YA Releases of September 2018

This has got to be my largest recommendation post for a single month's releases. But who can blame me? September is totally rocking the book releases. From science fiction to fantasy to contemporary, from verse to regular prose, from Asian to black to Latinx authors, this month is filled with a diverse bunch of new releases. … Continue reading You’ll Remember September’s Amazing Book Releases: Most Anticipated YA Releases of September 2018

The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lynn Curtis (DRC): A Novel on Uncovering the Past

3 stars Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he'd actually spoken to her since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn't mean returning to New Harbor. New Harbor just reminds … Continue reading The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lynn Curtis (DRC): A Novel on Uncovering the Past

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (ARC): A Fast-Paced Sci-Fi Adventure with Surprising Themes

5 stars The notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl, and she's spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. But when she's captured and her identity is exposed, the Commonwealth takes Ia's age and talent as an opportunity for her to serve them and prove that no … Continue reading Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (ARC): A Fast-Paced Sci-Fi Adventure with Surprising Themes

Mirage by Somaiya Daud: A Lush Moroccan Debut (+Giveaway!)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Somaiya Daud's (inter)stellar debut novel, Mirage, hosted by Aimee, Always! This is such an awesome and unique science fiction novel that is so rich in Moroccan culture. Amani lives in a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, and she dreams of a life before the … Continue reading Mirage by Somaiya Daud: A Lush Moroccan Debut (+Giveaway!)

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: Random Things Darius Would Approve Of

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Darius the Great Is Not Okay! If you haven't heard me screaming about this book already, well, here's another chance to be exposed to the sheer wonderfulness that is this book. Seriously. I'm in love. Darius the Great Is Not Okay is both heartbreaking and heartwarming in its … Continue reading Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: Random Things Darius Would Approve Of

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer (DRC): Monsters, Murder, and Mayhem

4.5 stars Nita isn't a murderer. She just dissects the bodies of supernatural beings after they've been "acquired" by her mother. But when her mom brings home a live specimen of a scared teenage boy, Nita decides she wants out. Yet saving her mother's victim leads Nita to being sold in his place—because Nita herself … Continue reading Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer (DRC): Monsters, Murder, and Mayhem