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
There's a total dearth of diverse royalty romance in YA, and I'm so excited that Truly Madly Royally exists because it's so well needed and just an adorable read in general. It's definitely good for a younger YA audience--totally appropriate for middle school up--as it's super fluffy and cute. I think some older readers may … Continue reading Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud: An #OwnVoices Royalty Romance Great for Younger Readers
I might start doing more double reviews, because I feel bad about bombarding you with so many posts (also, I couldn't figure out how to turn either of these headers into horizontals, so it was easier to smoosh them together, ha!). Today's theme is all about diverse enemies-to-lovers romances, and I have two to share … Continue reading Double Enemies-to-Lovers Romance Reviews: I Wanna Be Where You Are + Tell Me How You Really Feel
Elizabeth Acevedo does it again. With the Fire On High is a fierce and stunning sophomore novel, full of heart, empowering females, and delicious food. I absolutely adored Acevedo’s debut in verse, The Poet X, and found With the Fire on High to be equally, if not more, stellar. There were so many things I … Continue reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: An Emotional and Heartfelt Read feat. So Much Food!
I love The Hate U Give and Children of Blood and Bone as much as the next person (and very much appreciate all they've done for the book community), but I wanted to use today's recommendation post in honor of Black History Month to highlight some quieter, smaller YA releases from black authors. Diverse books with huge marketing budgets behind them … Continue reading 18 Underrated Books by Black Authors for Black History Month!
4.5 stars Orïsha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie Adebola’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. A ruthless king ordered all the maji to be killed, leaving Zélie and her people missing both loved ones and hope. But when the change to bring … Continue reading A Fierce Tale of Magic, Family, and Power: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
It's hard to get a rainbow shelf. There's not just the saturation problem stopping you from deciding where to put that neon book or that really really light pink, but also a significant lack of covers in certain colors. It's obvious that some colors are just more often used than others. So, today I'll be … Continue reading Cover Geek #13: Popular Spine Colors
4 stars In the middle of a one week break to gain some perspective before graduation, Jessie learns that her boyfriend Chris has gone missing. But everything's not as cut and dry as an obvious kidnapping because Jessie and Chris have been arguing over big decisions about their future, and Jessie eventually decides that they … Continue reading DRC: This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell